You have heard it time and time again; “Drink more water!” but do you know the reasons why it is important? The average American drinks less than 32 ounces of water a day, and yet we lose more than 80 ounces of water on a daily basis from regular activity.
Hydration is the most obvious reason to drink water. We all know that keeping hydrated is an essential part of balancing our health and that becoming dehydrated is dangerous. What most people do not realize is that our bodies are mostly made up of water. That water in our cells is in a constant cycle to keep us going and create healthy bodies, so even when you are not sweating you are losing water. Drinking up to three litres of water a day is a healthy and attainable goal.
One of the main uses of water in our bodies is detoxification. Every thing that we put inside our bodies has to go somewhere. As our cells break down nutrients, they also absorb toxins. These can be pesticides and herbicides, foreign proteins, an overdose of hormones through meat and dairy, caffeine or any number of particles that do not belong in our bodies. We use water to dilute and flush out these toxins, helping our bodies to work more efficiently at absorbing nutrients; even environmental toxins that we are exposed to through our skin or in the air have an affect on our cells, causing pollution within our body.
Have you ever experienced “brain fog?” It happens to the best of us, usually at times when we need mental clarity the most. Along with flushing out toxins, water is needed to keep our bodies working correctly in other ways. Even when we are sitting, our bodies are never still. Blood moves through our veins, hormones are being produced, secretions are being replenished and our muscles are taking oxygen. Water provides your brain with the energy it needs to keep these functions constantly in motion. Our brain function is powered through electrical currents, and we know that water is a carrier of electricity. Power your thinking machine, drink more water!
Water is so important for muscle function. The most used muscle in our bodies is our heart, and that is some serious muscle power. With each pump of any one of our muscles, blood and water rush to the area to make it happen. Just like any type of machinery, hydraulic fluid powers movement and increases strength abilities. Water is tough stuff! It can shape rock and move mountains. When it comes to our bodies, we want to be strong and healthy. You don’t have to be a muscle builder to know the benefits of water. That beating heart is the number reason you should drink more water. Keep your heart strong and healthy to prevent heart disease and failure later on in life.
If you are able to read this article you are at a major advantage. The chances are that you have free access to clean drinking water. This is a luxury to others, and we often take water for granted. Look out for your health and be thankful that you have the opportunity to do so.