Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day may be an overused advice but it cannot be said often enough how important to our health water is. It may seem very simple on the outset but many people are still unable to meet their body’s daily water requirements. Water plays a critical role in our physical, mental, and emotional well-being and every sip counts.
Water as an Anti-Aging Agent. A well-hydrated skin is a youthful-looking skin. When your body is dehydrated, it also shows on your skin, and dry skin forms fine lines and wrinkles more quickly than moisturized skin. Water also helps improve circulation so that your skin is always well-nourished and flushes out impurities so that your skin is always clear.
Water as a Diet Aid. Drink a glass of water before every meal and you will not feel as hungry. Instead of drinking beverages that are loaded with calories, hydrate with plain water or water flavored with a slice of lemon or a mint leaf. The more water you drink, the faster your metabolism works. When you drink icy cold water, your body burns more calories to increase the temperature of the water.
Water as a Workout Aid. Again, adequate hydration is the key to a more productive and injury-free workout, especially if you are strength-training. Water keeps your energy level up so that you avoid overexertion and prevent muscle cramps and lubricates the joints so that you prevent joint injuries.
Water as a Restorative. When you feel weak and drained of energy, a drink of water can help revive you. Water facilitates faster transportation of oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body and, therefore, also helps the heart by reducing its work load.
Water as a Digestion Aid. Combined with fiber, water promotes healthier digestion, aiding in the effective breakdown and transport of waste particles. When the body is dehydrated, its natural reaction is to absorb the water that is available, including water that is needed for digestion.
Water as a Kidney Aid. Adequate water is needed to dilute the salts, calcium, and other minerals that end up in the kidneys and are eliminated through the passing of urine. When there is not enough water, the minerals crystallize and form kidney stones.
Water as a Stress Buster. Not drinking enough water actually causes mental and physical stress. Because at 70 to 80 percent of the brain is water, dehydration can put a strain on the body’s many functions. Make sure to take regular sips throughout the day to prevent stressing your body.