The information regarding water intake varies, with the most popular suggestions saying you should drink eight glasses of water which equates to about two litres a day! But when you think about it, drinking enough water can only be a good thing – helping you look and feel better on the inside and outside. As you probably remember from school our bodies are made up of 60-70% water, and it is important to keep replenishing your body throughout the day especially if you lead an active lifestyle.
We want to explore the importance of drinking water, from your appearance to your organ function. Keep reading to find out our top 5 reasons about the importance of drinking more water.
The benefits to your digestion
Water has huge benefits for your digestive system, water combined with fibre work together to keep you regular and avoid constipation. It also dilutes waste and works towards eliminating toxins from your gastrointestinal tract, hydrate and make sure you’re getting enough fluids to keep you regular. If you are prone to bloating, sip on more water or a peppermint tea to relieve the pressure on your torso.
It’s the best exercise buddy
Your muscles need water to adequately recover after exercise. Make sure to drink water before you exercise and during your routine to replace any fluid lost through sweat. Keeping on top of drinking enough water will also aid in avoiding muscle cramps and helps to lubricate the joints in your body.
Keep your metabolism in check
Water will keep hunger pangs in check, sometimes when you feel hungry you are just dehydrated. Give drinking a glass of water a go next time you feel hungry, wait a while if you’re still craving food it’s time to eat! It also helps to bring nutrients to every cell of your body and participates in biochemical processes, including breakdown of stored fats, stay hydrated while you work out to reap the benefits.
Feel good on the inside and out
Believe it or not, your skin contains water and is a protective barrier to prevent fluid loss. If you are dehydrated your skin can look drier and more wrinkled, which is improved with proper hydration. Water is also known to improve your skins elasticity, if you’re aiming to lose weight, make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid any skin issues. Twin this with a great moisturiser and you’re onto a winner!
Increase your organ function
Nearly all of the major systems in the body depend on water to function. It regulates your body temperature and protects your internal organs and tissues. It also helps to dissolve minerals and other nutrients so the body can process them. By staying properly hydrated, water maintains your kidney and liver function, by flushing out waste toxins, and it carries important nutrients and oxygen to your cells.
There are so many more reasons why drinking water is so important for your body and its function, keep an eye on your water in-take as dehydration occurs when your water intake is lower than your water loss throughout the day.
Find out our tips to drinking more
If you think you need to be drinking more, see our helpful hints below:
- Drink water before and after every snack or meal
- Combine it with eating more fruits and vegetables; their high water content will help you stay hydrated
- Keep your Hippo Bottle with you; in the car, at the office and in your bag
It’s simple, water is the best! It keeps us healthy and looking good.
Please note: this post is intended to be used as a helpful guide and for advice only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice and does not address individual circumstances.