Believe it or not, our body weight is about 60% water. Our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Breathing, excessive sweating, and digestion contribute to water loss, so replacing those water losses is essential to staying healthy.
Many factors impact how much water you need: your age, gender, the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and your overall health. A quick and easy way to check if you are getting enough water overall is to peek at the color of your urine. If you are consuming enough, the urine will be pale yellow. You may need to increase your consumption if it is a dark yellow or amber color.
Here are the reasons why water is such a powerful element when it comes to your health.
It may improve memory and mood.
Drinking water can improve one's brain health by simply increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain – which, in turn, improves concentration and cognition while helping to balance moods and emotions, reducing stress and headaches.
It may aid in weight maintenance.
Water can be beneficial for weight loss. It is 100% calorie-free, helps you burn more calories, and may even suppress your appetite if consumed before meals. The benefits are even more significant when you replace sugary beverages with water. It is an effortless way to cut back on sugar and calories.
It may improve exercise performance.
Staying hydrated increases energy improves movement, recovery, and agility, thermoregulation, and aids in mental clarity and activity – all of which can enhance physical performance and reduce the risk of injuries. If you're not hydrated, your body can't perform at its highest level. You may feel tired and have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other severe symptoms.
May prevent constipation
Dehydration is a leading cause of constipation. The digestive system needs plenty of water to keep food waste moving through it. Otherwise, the stool can become hard, lumpy, and challenging to pass. Drinking plenty of water and healthy juices can help relieve constipation.
It may support the health of the urinary system.
Drinking water helps balance salts and sugars within the body and flush out toxins and wastes through the urinary system. It also helps prevent kidney and bladder stones and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).
Did you know that our body is already dehydrated when we feel thirsty?
Simply waiting for the sensation of thirst is not a good enough sign of a need to drink. If you have not been drinking enough water, it's never too late to get back on track and set yourself up to reap the health benefits of staying hydrated.