Why Drinking Enough Water Is Essential to Our Health

1. It helps you lose weight. All of us want to fit into our clothes without torment. And oftentimes, looking for clothes that fit or hide our belly bulges becomes our biggest challenge of the day! This taxing everyday struggle is why many constantly fall for fad diets. Weight loss is vital for reducing your Read More

1. It helps you lose weight.

All of us want to fit into our clothes without torment. And oftentimes, looking for clothes that fit or hide our belly bulges becomes our biggest challenge of the day! This taxing everyday struggle is why many constantly fall for fad diets.

Weight loss is vital for reducing your risk of certain diseases and for building self-esteem. Thus, many turn to weight loss pills and drastic dietary changes as a fast solution.

A warning! It is crucial to consult your medical provider when making dietary changes. They are an expert in nutrition and diet, and are trained to help you in creating long-term, realistic goals and personalized nutritional choices appropriate for your body, particularly if you have existing health issues.

2. It is an appetite suppressant.  

One of the best pieces of advice I give to my patients is to drink water before eating.

Drinking water can promote satiation. Drinking two cups of water before eating stretches the stomach and signals your brain of fullness! Pre-meal water helps reduce hunger and prevents you from overeating.

Choosing water instead of sugary drinks lowers your calorie intake and will help you lose weight! It has no sugar, carbs, or fats. It has zero calories. Yes, I am sure you already know this, though a reminder is always a good thing! It also contains other essential nutrients in trace amounts like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium, which are important electrolytes.

Water also helps dissolve minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients so they can travel through the bloodstream and be absorbed by your body.

3. It prevents joint pain.

Stop relying on pills to relieve joint pain! You may need to focus on increasing your water intake instead.

Between your joints, including your knees, shoulders, hips, hands, and feet, have synovial fluid.

This fluid, also referred to as joint fluid, is a thick liquid. One component of synovial fluid is water, and it stimulates its production! Its central role is boundary-layer lubrication at the ends of your bones to reduce friction when moving your joints.  It’s the reason you walk and run painlessly.

Your pain hints that something is wrong with your body.   You may not be aware of it but you may be lacking water. Drink water as your medicine!  

You should not use medications for a quick fix but as a last resort.   Focus on the potential root causes first. Inadequate hydration can lead to chronic pain if you do not start adequately hydrating now.

4. It keeps your skin clear.

Water is like a river in which your good health flows. And if you’re inadequately hydrated  it can cause body issues internally and externally, like skin problems!

According to NHS UK, acne is a common skin disease that affects 95% of people aged 11 to 30.

Lack of water can lead to excessive oil secretion from the skin, which may cause acne. Also, inadequate hydration causes dead skin cells to build up and clog pores. 

Hydration maintains a healthy balance between the water and oil content of your face’s skin, preventing too much oil and sebum secretion and keeping acne away. 

Although primary factors like hormonal changes, diet, and stress can also make you prone to acne breakouts, lack of water can worsen it.

Water also hydrates the skin, allowing the skin to retain moisture.  The lack of it can cause the skin to lose its plumpness and elasticity! It leads to skin dryness, and makes your wrinkles more visible!  

5. It can prevent headaches.

You might have seen someone giving water to a person suffering from a headache as a form of first aid intervention.  It is because dehydration is a leading contributing factor to headaches.

Dehydration happens when the amount of water in your body is not sufficient to keep it functioning properly.

Our body is roughly 60%  water, and the brain is 73% water. When you are dehydrated, your brain and other tissues in your body shrink. As your brain shrinks, it pulls away from the skull, puts pressure on nerves, and causes pain, leading to significant reductions in memory and cognitive performance. 

Thankfully, a clinical study published on ScienceDirect showed that those who consumed more water significantly lowered their headache severity, frequency, and duration. So, if you find yourself having frequent headaches, drink up.  It might just be the perfect solution to your problem.

6. It gives you an energy boost.

Regardless of your job, exhaustion is inevitable. However, this tiredness may not be caused by looming deadlines but by not drinking enough water, especially if you frequently feel drained! 

If finishing your tasks gets too challenging for you, make hydration a part of your everyday priority. Build a habit of reaching your daily water intake to improve blood flow throughout the body, and increase your day-to-day energy levels and productivity.

7. It can prevent kidney failure.

Water is very important for kidney health.  It can  prevent stone formation and helps your kidneys to function properly.  It helps the blood flow easily to transport essential nutrients to the kidneys and it helps remove waste from the blood.

If you make it a habit not to drink enough water, your kidneys might eventually fail.  This would mean that you will have to undergo dialysis or kidney transplant.

Remember, your blood is about 92% water. It helps distribute nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Thus, it is involved in many body functions, and the lack of it negatively affects the way your organs function.

Lack of hydration causes poor circulation to the organs.  Your blood pressure can change and  can quickly make you feel dizzy and lethargic, affecting your ability to concentrate and perform mental tasks.

As you have read, drinking water is one of the excellent foundations of good health. It is also one of the least expensive things you can do to improve your quality of life.   

So stay hydrated daily!

And if you need some help with some hacks to help you drink more, please click here to get my free guide… Simple Tricks to Get You to Drink More Water!