By now, you probably know that the human body is made up of about 60% water. But, what you didn’t know is that the body also loses about 2 litres of water daily due to perspiration (i.e. sweating), urination and defecation.
The body needs a significant amount of water to maintain hydration and proper metabolism. This is why experts recommend the 8 x 8 rule. The 8 x 8 rule simply guides us to drink an 8-ounce (240 ml) glass of water, 8 times daily.
Drinking water can do our bodies the world for good. It is helpful in cleansing the body by flushing out harmful toxins, it helps to increase energy and it promotes weight loss. Regular hydration can also improve cognitive function and increase one’s energy levels. Not convinced?
Here are 6 more great reasons you need to drink more water:
Regulates body temperature
Drinking water helps to regulate body temperature, blood pressure and improve the immune system. Sweat is the natural cooling system of your body, and since water is a key ingredient of your sweat, your body needs enough water to properly regulate your body’s temperature through perspiration.
Prevents and treats headache
One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is headaches. The brain comprises of 73% water, and so water is important for brain function. In addition to increasing brain power, drinking water also helps prevent and relieve headaches often caused by dehydration.
Improves performance during exercise
Staying hydrated can improve your physical performance. Losing as little as 2% of one’s body's water content can significantly impair physical performance. particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.
Drinking a sufficient amount of water daily can help prevent and relieve constipation. The bowel needs water to function properly and apart from constipation, dehydration can lead to other digestive problems, including an overly acidic stomach which increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
Lubricates the joints
Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains about 80% water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints' shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.
Improves heart health
Dehydration causes a strain on your heart. The amount of blood circulating through your body decreases when you are dehydrated. To compensate, your heart beats faster, increasing your heart rate and causing you to feel palpitations. In addition, your body retains more sodium when you are dehydrated, making it tougher for it to circulate through your body.
But, just water alone can be boring!
If you are one of the many people who have trouble drinking water because it gets boring,add some flavour then! Apart from an interesting taste, drinking water infused with herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables also provides some additional benefits, for example.
- For clearer skin: Infuse cucumber, lemon, and mint in water, set aside in the fridge overnight and drink the next day. This is a great combination because cucumber, lemon and mint have detoxifying properties. Cucumber is also rich in Vitamin B which can help with acne and other skin problems.
- To reduce the bloat: Add cucumber slices, lemon, mint, and ginger into your water. Apart from the detoxifying benefits of cucumber, lemon and mint, ginger is great for the tummy.
- To boost your metabolism: Add apple slices and a cinnamon stick in your water. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of cinnamon help the body process food better.
Now, that you know the benefits of water, here’s a heads up. Your newly developed drinking habits will result in frequent visits to the bathroom. Consider it a small price to pay for all the amazing benefits. Consider the trips to the restroom additions to help you achieve the recommended physical activity goal of 10,000 steps a day.
Many of us may find water boring, however, all around the world there are people who do not have access to clean drinking water on a daily basis or even at all. Water is an invaluable resource. Let’s be grateful for being able to access it when we need to. #DrinkMoreWater