“Why should I drink more water?”

“I drink coffee and tea, there is water in them. That’s enough.”

 

 

WRONG!  Coffee and tea contain caffeine, that’s a diuretic, which will cause you to LOSE water.

 
The average man of 154 lbs or 70 kilos has 40 liters of water in him.  Lean muscle contains 75% water by weight.  Blood is 70% water. Bone contains 22% water. The brain is 85% water.  Water is important!

 
Just a 5% body fluid loss will cause an increased heart rate, an increase in respiration, an increased body temperature, decreased sweating, decreased urination, extreme fatigue, muscle cramps, headaches, nausea, and tingling of limbs to name a few. A 10% loss of total body fluids is considered severe dehydration and is potentially fatal, just 10%.

 

Okay, enough with the scare tactics!  Here are some of the positive aspects of drinking more water:

1. Weight Loss – Water helps to flush the by-products of fat breakdown, it is also a hunger suppressant.
2. Natural Remedy for Headaches – Dehydration, along with other causes, is a major contributor to headaches.
3. Healthier Skin – Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturize skin, and increase skin elasticity.
4. Exercise Efficiently – Water regulates body temperature, and helps to fuel muscle activity.
5. Increases Work Productivity – 77-78% of the brain is made up of water. When you are dehydrated your brain suffers.
6. Better Digestion and Less Constipation – Water increases your cellular metabolism. It also helps to move fibers through the gut, which keeps you regular.
7. Less Cramps and Sprains – Water lubricates joints and muscles.
8. Less Likely to be Sick – Water, when combined with lemon, has health benefits which range from helping with rheumatism and arthritis to respiratory disease.
9. Relieves Fatigue – Water flushes toxins and waste products from the body helping the heart and all body organs to function more efficiently. Therefore you’re not as tired from the inside out.
10. Enhanced Mood – This one is self explanatory; happy body = happy soul.
11. Reduces the Risk of Cancer – In theory water may reduce the risk of bladder and colon cancer by diluting the concentration of cancer causing agents in urine and decreases the amount of time those agent have contact with the bladder lining.

So, there is the research.  We hope it encourages you to pay attention to how much water you are drinking, and maybe add an extra glass or two.