We all know the obvious health reasons we should be drinking water. The human body is roughly 60% water and research says you should be drinking about 2.2 liters of water a day. Here are seven benefits of drinking water you probably didn't know about.
Whether you're getting ready for a client presentation at work, or studying for exams, you should have plenty of water at the ready. Water makes up nearly 80% of our brains, and the activity in our brains and nervous system depend on the abundant availability of it. We're not exaggerating when we say that water boosts concentration, reactions and creativity.
Skin is an organ that is made up of millions of tiny cells that contain water, so it's important to keep these cells hydrated and “plumped” up – in addition to providing them with an external source of hydration, such as moisturizer.
Flushing out toxins is the job of two very small organs: the kidneys. They remove waste products and excess fluid from the body and, without the continuous supply of water to aid this process, all the toxins and waste build up. Drink plenty of water to keep your kidneys healthy and working at their best.
If you find yourself with bad knees, a sore back, or weak joints, water might just be your answer. Lying in between each bone is a tissue called cartilage, which is there to absorb shock in order to protect the joints and bones. Water acts as a lubricant for these joints by keeping the cartilage moist and is, therefore, essential for looking after these areas – especially if you are physically active on a regular basis.
Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches, so try a few glasses of water instead of reaching for a painkiller. As we said, the brain is made up of 80% water, so its tissue shrinks when we get dehydrated, causing pain receptors to trigger.
Not only does water keep food moving along the digestive tract and lubricate the intestines, but it's also required for many of the digestive processes to work effectively. Water prevents constipation and aids in the transport and extraction of vitamins and minerals from the food we eat.
Water goes hand in hand with weight loss and a healthy, toned body. Not only is it a zero-calorie drink, but it can also help reduce hunger and suppress the appetite — all helpful things when you're trying to get in shape. Water is required for every chemical reaction in the body, including burning fat, so the more hydrated you are, the more effective your body is at carrying out these processes.