It’s well known that drinking water is good for you, but why?
You may or may not know, that the majority of your body is made up of water, and on average an adult human body is up to 60% water, meaning our bodies need water in order to function effectively. We rely on water so much that we could only survive for around 3 days without water, but we could last weeks without food. Drinking water is essential, as our body is constantly losing it as we live, breathe and sweat. Replenishing the water in our system is key to staying healthy.
Although there is no universal agreement on how much to drink each day, there is a general consensus to drink 2 litres of water a day which equates to around 8 glasses, which can seem like a lot, but when you understand some of the health and wellbeing benefits, it's so worth it!
Here are 5 ways drinking water benefits our health and wellbeing:
- Boosts energy
A lack of water in the body can result in feeling tried or sluggish. Water boosts your energy as it is a source of fuel for your body, and without it your body can’t perform to its best. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, drink water regularly to stay hydrated and keep your energy levels up!
- Detoxifies the body
Water helps to rid your body of toxins, by helping your kidneys to remove waste products from the body through urinating, sweating and breathing. Kidneys act as a filter system, and need water to flush out waste products and toxins from the body. Drinking water also improves your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, by helping to break down food.
- Maintaining healthy skin
Although drinking water does not directly go to hydrating your skin, when you are dehydrated your skin will lose its moisture and this may result in common skin concerns such as dull or tired looking skin. Everyone’s skin is unique, and depending on your skin, just drinking water may not be enough to keep your skin looking hydrated which is why it is important to moisturise.
- Improves memory and mood
Feeling dehydrated often causes headaches though, a lack of water can also affect your memory and mood. Research found dehydration can impact your concentration, alertness and memory when completing activities.
5. Help to reduce anxious feelings
If you are feeling anxious it could be because dehydration can increase the heart rate and cause palpitations., leading to a feeling of panic. Take a moment to pause and drink some water.
Water is essential for our bodies, cells and organs to function properly. How much do you drink on a daily basis? Tell us in the comments below how you ensure you are drinking enough water.