Benefits of Water

August 3, 2009 by  
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Drinking water provides our bodies with many healthy benefits…

Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Water makes up two thirds of our body’s weight. Our blood is 83% water, our muscles 75% water and our brain 74%. It is obvious then what water does – ensuring the smooth functioning of our body’s systems. Too little water and dehydration occurs and our digestive system cannot flush out the waste products from our bodies. How much water should we drink? Recommendation on the daily fluid intake consumption guideline that most experts agree on is around 2 to 2.5 litres (or about 8 glasses of water) daily for a normal adult with a typical lifestyle. Children less but the more exercise we do, the more we should drink.

Water acts as a purification system for our bodies, removing toxins and waste, it assists us with weight loss, promotes fitness in body and mind, and keeps us healthy.

Benefits of Drinking Water and Weight Loss

Drinking water boosts our metabolism rate and assists with weight loss. Hot lemon water is believed to assist the process further and increase the benefits by up to three times. Drinking plenty of water helps reduce your appetite and minimises craving for food because it helps reduce your appetite. If we are drinking the correct amounts of water then our kidneys can function correctly. Too little water in our bodies and they struggle, meaning that our livers need to step in and assist. If the liver is assisting the kidneys, it’s not fulfilling its main function which is that of breaking down our body’s fat so we don’t lose weight.

Combat ailments and disease by drinking more water

In many cases dehydration is the prime cause of fatigue, headaches and back pain. If you suffer from lethargy and low energy levels, try drinking more water. If you or your family complain of frequent headaches, the amount of water you’re drinking is likely to be responsible. And, muscle spasms are also caused by not drinking plenty of water a day, so that the body is not adequately hydrated. Excercise can make the symptoms worse as it increases the dehyration if we do not increase our water intake. Carry a bottle with you during the day, drink more and your body will benefit.

Drinking water can reduce hunger

Hunger pangs can be misinterpreted as cravings for water say the experts. Drinking water before your regular meals can help cut down on the amount of food you eat – it works as a really effective appetite suppressant. But make sure that your water intake is just that, don’t count tea, coffee, sodas and juices in your fluids intake as they either contain caffeine which removes water from the body or sugars which makes the body work harder to dilute them causing more dehydration.

Drinking water hydrates our skin and makes us look younger

When we drink plenty of water we hydrate our skin which then takes on a more radiant look and feel. Our bodies need water to flush toxins out of our system and to keep our muscles ‘full’ and strong. Without water our bodies will quickly start to suffer and you’ll be able to see the different in the mirror.

Benefits of Water as a Headache Cure

Water can treat headaches at the source, where pills and medications only mask the symptoms. In large numbers of cases, headaches are caused by dehydration. Even if it is directly related to stress, fatique or other problems, drinking water can greatly reduce the severity of the headache. A properly hydrated body will allow you to think clearly and your headache will ease.

Water Beats Stress!

When we experience stress, dehydration occurs which can lead to the shrinkage of our brains. Correct water intake is therefore vital in decreasing the stress on our bodies and our minds. It is important to feed our thirst.

Flouride and Water Health

Fluoride exists naturally in water sources and it is well known that it helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride combats tooth decay by preventing the acid produced by bacteria in plaque from dissolving or demineralizing, tooth enamel, our teeth’s natural protectant. Floride is also incorporated in the structure of developing teeth when it is ingested by our bodies which also protects our teeth. Water fluoridation has proved to be a safe and cost-effective way to reduce the cost of dental care. Today, water fluoridation is estimated to reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%.

Chlorine and Cancer

People continue to use and drink unfiltered tap water even though it can be filled with carcinogenic compounds, when a simple water filter can help safeguard us against cancers. Untreated tap water is filled with dangerous contaminants like nitrate, arsenic, microorganisms, and chemicals from pesticides. When our water is treated, many contaminants are removed but the most dangerous of contaminants is actually added. Chlorine, a know poison to the body, is added as an inexpensive and effective drinking water disinfectant. At least three types of cancer are known to be caused by this chemical and research shows that we are 93% more likely to risk cancer by drinking unfiltered chlorinated water.

Want To Live Longer? Drink Water!

A big reason to drink fresh, clean water is that over the past 100 years our life expectancy has increased by more than 30 years. Cleaner public water is one of the biggest contributing factors according to research evidence. We now take more steps to clean our water supply and have improved our waste water treatment processes which all add up to a longer, healthier life. Water can even help with the fight against diabetes.