Water is an absolutely essential for the human body and your diet. In fact it is the main component of the body (more than 50%). Every cell in your body needs water to function and all cellular transaction occurs in the present of water, so it is important to drink enough fluid. There are tons of people out there that don’t drink a single glass, but hopefully after reading this, you will see the benefits water brings.
So why is water SO essential? Here are a few reasons:
– Protects vital organs and aids in absorbing nutrients better, so it give you energy
– Moisturizes the air in your lungs and assists with getting oxygen into cells
– Flushes waste/toxins from your body and keeps you regular
– Helps curb the appetite and can actually assist in flushing out excess fat
– Is excellent for your skin and regulated your body temperature
– Cushion and lube your joints and muscles
– Reduced your risk of heart attack, disease and infection
And if that’s not a good enough reason to start drinking, this is what you may have to look forward to:
– Hunger (often people mistake hunger with thirst)
– Headaches and migraines
– Muscle cramps
– Kidney problems
– Dry skin
So how much is enough? The most commonly used number out there is 8 glasses a day (2l), so start with that. I aim for a minimum of 10-12, which may seem hard to gulp down, but if you keep water readily available it’s not all that hard. I keep a 750ml bottle in my car which I drink on the way to and from work (that’s 6 down right there). Thankfully at work, we have a water cooler and its right by my desk, so I’m constantly filling my glass. Just make sure water is around you and you’ll drink it.