You know it is an essential for a healthy life. Heck, with today’s scorching hot weather, we need to save our terribly parched throat (which is one of the many important signals your body gives when you’re low on life juice) yet we tend to neglect those little sirens in your head.
Think of it as honouring your body because you’re your only saviour. But how much is enough?
Well, according to Kathleen M. Zelman, Director of Nutrition for WebMD, 8 glasses per day was nothing more than a guideline and not based on scientific evidence. To make it easier, take a swig of water every 20 minutes to ensure that you’re hydrated throughout the day. Don’t worry, with a little training, your body will soon start to signal you. Trust yourself.
- Cells Love You
Isn’t that an enough reason to start drinking water? Each tiny cells work together to get your body functioning right. We’ll let you in a little scientific secret; our bodies are made up of 70% of water! Okay, fine that’s not a big secret (just a great reminder), but did you know water is mainly absorbed in the small intestines? All those minerals in the water are then absorbed into the bloodstream, which your cells use. Seems simple but the process is a lot more complex.
It is good that you pay attention to your weekly facemask sessions and strict routine of slapping on moisturizers daily after shower. Water does the work better from the inside out. Your skin contains sufficient amount of water that acts as a shield to prevent excess fluid loss. An Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner,MD told WebMD.com that, dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.
- Regulates Body Temperature
Let’s talk about the weather again because we know that every time you step out for some fresh air, you run back in barely 5-minutes in. Water in your body helps release heat when you’re surrounding temperature hits high. That’s why we sweat. According to Nestle-Waters.com the evaporation of water from our skin keeps the body cool. Go for a swim early evening as it cools down the body and improves the physical and mental health.
- Eat Water
How? Fruits of course. An average intake of watermelon and strawberries contain about 92 percent water per volume *hints*. A 2009 study from the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that the combination of salts, minerals and natural sugars in some fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate people more effectively than water. So if you’re feeling bored drinking tasteless liquid, opt for fruits and vegetables.
- Weight Loss
A study on Obesity 2010, proved that participants who consumed water before a meal, lost weight faster that those who didn’t. Extra water helps us eat less by making us feel full. It cuts high calorie intake as well. Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Weight Control plan said that it is better to choose water or a non-caloric beverage to help with weight loss.
How do you maintain a bowel movement? Simple, maintain a sufficient intake of water. It will smooth the journey through your gastrointestinal tracts and prevent constipation. Even your kidney does an amazing job cleansing off blood urea nitrogen, a toxin in your bloodstream. So always make sure your urine is clear!