Water helps the body run the way it was meant to. It’s a coolant, lubricant, and essential to osmotic regulation in the body. Check out the infographic below to learn about 10 remarkable benefits of drinking water:
“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” - Slovakian Proverb
A lot of people swear by water as a cure-all for just about all the ailments in the world. Read on to find out if there’s any truth to that theory:
Water helps to alleviate headaches
Dehydration is a significant trigger of headaches and migraines, especially in hot weather. In a study published in Neurology, a journal, migraine sufferers were separated into two groups. Half of the participants were asked to drink 1.5 liters in addition to their regular water consumption, while the others were given regular headache medication with no change in water consumption. The group that increased water consumption saw a reduction in headaches and migraines, with a decrease in the need for medication.
Water helps to improve brain function
Since a large part of the human body is made up of water, it’s natural that our brain needs water to function. Just look at what happens if you don’t drink enough water:
You experience problems with concentration, recall; you are confused. You will experience headaches, tiredness, and a lot of other fun symptoms that tag along with dehydration. In short, you become a lesser version of yourself.
Water helps to boost physical performance and reduce fatigue
When we talk about physical performance, we often imagine athletes, whose body is their livelihood. If they get dehydrated they could suffer cramps, fatigue, dizziness, lethargy, and confusion. While athletes are a more extreme example, water can benefit everyone. It can refresh and revive. It’s a great metabolism booster.
Helps to regulate digestion and mitigate constipation
Digestion is what gives your organs the energy to function properly. Water is a major driver of digestion in the following ways:
It helps produce the hydrochloric acid needed for digestion.
It makes up the protective mucous stomach lining to protect us from ulcers and acidity.
It helps rid the system of the waste products of digestion
The last benefit is how drinking enough water can help ward off constipation.
Helps to eliminate toxins from the body
The lungs, liver, and kidneys work together to help rid the body of toxins. While the body naturally works to purify itself, it often gets bombarded with more toxins
than it can handle on its own. Water flushes out these toxins the way it washes off dirt when we take a bath. It is always best consumed in its pure form, with less sugary and artificial additives.
Water lubricates the waste by-products of digestion and helps ease them out of the body without too much effort.
Helps with weight loss
Since water is flavorless, odorless and (ideally) additive -free, it suits every diet, lifestyle, and requirement. Used strategically, it can help lose weight. Just remember, just like too little water results in dehydration, too much water can result in water toxemia or overhydration. The optimal quantity of water you need to drink depends on factors such as gender, build, activity levels, health status, and general temperature. Used wisely, water is a tool in your weight loss arsenal that helps in the following ways:
Boosts your metabolism
Rids your body of waste
Suppresses your appetite
How you can use water to your advantage:
Drink before you eat: you’ll eat less
Replace packaged juice and sugary drinks with water. You can always add slices of fresh fruit or vegetables like cucumber, or herbs and spices to make things interesting.
Drink it cold to burn more calories
Sip it during your workout to keep going longer and better
Water helps to prevent kidney stones
Drinking enough water to ensure that you pass around 2.5 liters of urine a day is likely to guarantee that you’re flushing your body of substances that produce kidney stones (this will help prevent them). Light-colored urine is one indicator that you’re passing enough urine, while pain or discomfort during urination is a definite red flag.
Water helps to get rid of hangovers
Part of the reason for the classic hangover is the dehydration that accompanies alcohol consumption. Water will not only take care of the dehydration, but it will also help flush the toxins out of the system.
Helps to relieve back pain
Water is intrinsic to our health and well-being. That’s why it’s important in less obvious ones like the back. The disks in our spine absorb water as we sleep. Being hydrated serves to give them enough water to cushion themselves and prepare to bear the various load-bearing activities our body is subjected to. The next time you have a backache, first try drinking more water. You might gradually feel better over the long run.
Helps to regulate body temperature
Water is the body’s coolant. Drinking enough water can help the body stabilize temperature. This is important in helping us adapt when faced with unfavorable surrounding temperatures. As water is in blood, the ability it has to absorb surrounding heat can help it transport heat to vital organs from extremities in cold conditions, as well as expel excess heat from the body in the form of sweat, especially after a workout.
There you have it, one of the largest, most universally-known truths: water is good for you. Make it your friend, and see how it’ll improve your life. A word of caution though, even good things are best done in moderation.