Living a healthy life is something that is dear to my heart and has been for a while. I come from a family that has had many health issues and frankly I just didn’t understand how much of an impact eating had on my health up until a few years ago. While eating healthy is still a daily chore for me, I’ve also come to discover just how important water is for my life quality also. The benefits of drinking water were not something I had really grasped up until last year when I began going to the gym on a regular basis. Up until that point I believed that as long as I was drinking something that I was not dehydrated. While this may be true it’s not always true and it’s certainly not the best option to survive on coffee, or sugary drinks. Even drinks such as natural fruit juices and electrolyte based drinks are not the best option for our bodies.
So what exactly are the benefits of drinking water?
When you hear people talk about clear skin you may be tempted to say that you are past the age of acne but the truth is that clear skin goes deeper than that outer layer of epidermis that you see. In fact, skin is composed of several layers. Having enough water to drink will play a huge role into helping you feel better from the outside as well as the inside. Applying lotions to our dry skin is only treating one layer whereas drinking enough water helps hydrate from the inside out and that’s what matters most.
*Not So Tired
I get it, you are a busy mom. You may be working a job or dealing with both a toddler and a newborn baby and think that there is no way on this planet that you will not be tired. Yet, when you hydrate with water you are feeding your body nutrients that it won’t get elsewhere and coffee can’t compete with water to helping you not feel tired. While coffee and caffeine may give you a quick boost water is there for the long run and helps you feel rested both physically and emotionally.
*Better Results At The Gym
Are you going to the gym or finding time to work out in your daily life? If so then you are probably already drinking water but are you drinking water at the right times. Drinking water during a workout is good but drinking water leading up to your workout is much better. You’ll find yourself getting better results at the gym or in your workout if you are arriving already hydrated rather than trying to hydrate in the midst of a workout session.
*Treats Headaches and Migraines
This is backed by both science and common sense. Have you ever seen the ocean? Perhaps you are aware of high tide and low tide. Did you know that the moon plays a major role in the movement of the water? It does! The human body is made up of up to 60% water and as the time of the day changes and the location of the moon in comparison to our body changes then so does the pull that the moon has on the water in our body. This change leads to headaches and migraines that we can’t seem to shake. Staying hydrated helps against both headaches and migraines so drink water before they happen and they’ll be less likely to ever occur.
*Helps With Weight Loss
This goes hand in hand with our next point but is worth talking about as a topic by itself. Filling up on water will help you not feel so hungry when it’s time to eat and thus will help you eat less calories. However, it goes beyond that.
*Clears Up Constipation
Drinking water with help in the digestion process of our body. This will lead to feeling better over all as well as with weight loss and constipation issues. Having enough water is what helps clear our body out without it the fecal matter won’t be able to travel through our systems and therefore will back up and cause constipation and the feeling of being bloated.
*Cleans Out Toxins From The Body
Toxins in our body come from many sources. These sources include constipation, sugar, added chemicals to our food and the natural toxins that our body releases as it ages and tries to fight off infections. Drinking enough water helps with the flushing of the body. One way the body flushes out toxins is through our kidneys and without a proper amount of water the kidneys will slow down and even form stones which are extremely painful to pass.
*Helps With Joint Aches
The cartilage between our joints are a connective tissue and ends up acting as a sponge so that our joints don’t rub together. Not being properly hydrated wears on the cartilage and therefore reduces the amount of support that we have between joints, this leads to joint aches and is detrimental to those with arthritis.
*Helps Protect Muscles
Bottom line – our muscles need water and plenty of exercise and the two are needed together. When muscles tear – for whatever reason it can lead to bed rest and extreme amounts of pain. Keep your body hydrated to decrease your chances of stringing or tearing a muscle.
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