Do you struggle to fit in all the water consumption you know you should be drinking daily?
Between kids, work, and basic day-to-day responsibilities, small tasks such as drinking enough water can get overlooked. However, the benefits of drinking water will blow your mind. I’m not just talking about the basic benefits we all know about. I’m talking about the deeper, amazing benefits of drinking water many are unaware of.
Here is a closer look at some of the key benefits of drinking sufficient quantities of water.
- BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
It sounds weird that something such as water, tasteless and void of nutrients, can boost your immune system. However, water facilitates in carrying oxygen to the red blood cells in our body. Healthy and well-oxygenated red blood cells mean healthier systems throughout our body. This includes the immune system. With a healthier immune system, the body is able to more easily fight off intrusions.
- FLUSHES TOXINS
Many of us have been told to drink a lot of water when we are sick. This is because water does an amazing job of flushing toxins out of our system. The kidneys work as a filtration system for our blood. The kidneys can not do their job if they are not properly “fueled” by water consumption. Water allows the kidneys to flush what they’ve collected out of the body naturally. When you’re sick, your body has more toxins than usual and needs more water to keep up with the extra work.
- It lubricates the joints
Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.
- It boosts skin health and beauty
With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
- Maintains a healthy digestion
Sufficient water intake improves the body’s ability to break down food, hence promoting a smooth-functioning digestive system. It prevents constipation as well as reduces gas and bloating.
When the body has an inadequate water supply, the colon absorbs water from the digested food in an effort to hydrate the body. This often results in an altered fluid balance in the gut and hardened stools or constipation.
- Promotes proper kidney function
In order to work properly and efficiently, the kidneys require adequate fluids to clear the unwanted wastes from the body. Water acts as a medium to flush out the toxins from the body via sweat and urine. Studies showed that increased water consumption reduces the risk of nephrolithiasis, chronic kidney disease, and kidney stones.
- Improve memory and mood
Research has shown that even mild dehydration may impair memory and mood in everyone from children to the elderly. Hydration impacts the brain, as well as the body, and research has shown that even mild dehydration may have a negative impact on moods and may heighten anxiety. A lack of water may also increase the risk of a headache or migraines in some individuals.
- The digestive system depends on it
The bowel needs water to work properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.