Author — Dayna Hicken — Content creator for Peak Integrated Healthcare
We have all been told that we need to drink more water. Water is one of the sources of life for all living things, so it’s no surprise that humans need it everyday. But why is water so important?
Water is key in almost every chemical reaction that takes place in your body; digestion, nutrient transportation, joint lubrication, and it helps maintain body temperature, just to name a few. Water is important in keeping you looking and feeling healthy. Since the body is composed of between 55 and 78 percent water, adequate and regular water consumption has several health benefits. Plus, water has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar.
The recommended amount of water to drink each day is 8-12 cups to maintain good health, and even more is recommended if you workout on a regular basis. Many times when people start to drink more water they find themselves losing weight. The main reason is because hunger and thirst signals can feel very similar in your body, so when you feel hungry you may just actually be dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water when you feel those hunger signals kick in. This helps you snack less and drink more water at the same time.
Being dehydrated makes the body less efficient and long term dehydration can effect the metabolism and other bodily functions.
A few signs of dehydration may include: Dry mouth, headaches, sleepiness and tiredness, constipation, thirst, sunken eyes, yellow pee, dry skin
Watch out for these symptoms. Many times that pounding headache you have is because you are dehydrated. Several studies have shown that even mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair energy levels and mood while leading to major reductions in memory and brain performance. Not only is water key in keeping you hydrated, but it can help with weight loss and overall health.
Some other benefits of drinking water include mood improvement, aid in digestion, help in decreasing fatigue, help in fighting some cancers, and increase in alertness and energy.
So when trying to cut calories or find more energy, a good place to start is to check what you are drinking. By replacing coffee, sports drinks, and alcohol with water, the calories and carbs are decreased. In fact, sports drinks are only recommended for those who workout for longer then two hours.
Try replacing sugary drinks with water whenever you can and your body will thank you.
National Academy of Sports Medicine Textbook