Saturday, 13 April 2013

The Importance of Water


Everyone knows that it is recommended we drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but how many people actually know why?

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Our bodies are mostly water. Our skin is 70% water, Blood is 80%, Muscle is 75% and bone is 25%. Constant hydration is needed to insure that our bodies are working to their full potential. If your skin is effected when you're not drinking enough, such as dry skin, acne, generally unhappy skin, imagine what lack of enough water is doing to your insides? Whilst most people substitute with liquids like juices, energy drinks and other moist things, they are no match for the power of water. Do you really want your skin to be made up of artificial sweeteners and other nasties?

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Let's bullet point some benefits.

Water is crucial to cell renewal in your body. Skin, muscles, bone, everything.
Your brain functions properly when you are well hydrated.
Lack of fluids can be mistaken for hunger (thanks brain!)
Water is a great mood booster.
Fights off fatigue and even increases energy levels.
Improves temperature regulations.
Fights headaches and pains.
Aids digestion.
Flushes out toxins.
Helps concentration.
Helps  you exercise efficiently.
Weight loss.

Yes, weight loss. Your body works at it's best when it is hydrated and that includes fat burning as well as digestion. Also, when your body is dehydrated, it holds on to what little water it has. Anyone can suffer from water retention, even when they have a normal healthy diet. Sometimes illness can cause it and even, oddly, the weather. To fight water retention you must stay hydrated.

I have a little trick I found on the internet for when I'm retaining water.
In a regular 500ml bottle of water I put about 1/3 of a capsule of dandelion root, a few drops of unsweetened cranberry juice and a few drops of lemon juice. It really does help to shed the water weight!

If you drink right, you will be able to visibly see the benefits after just one week. Your skin will be healthier and can even glow, your hair will be healthier too along with your nails. You might even already see some inch loss! On a good day I drink at least 2l of water, on a bad day I'd say 1l, which really isn't enough! There's no trick here, you just have to kick your ass and get into the water habit. Perhaps setting yourself a reminder on your phone? Or, time mark your water bottle.

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Go and have a drink of water, NOW! 

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