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Many of us have a picture of wellness that is incomplete. We often think about diet and exercise as the keys to health; however, we forget that wellness is a compilation of multiple factors. One of the often overlooked components of overall wellness is drinking enough water throughout the day. Therefore, step three in our Big Picture of Wellness Series is water.
As a society, we often write off water for more “fun” drinks that are full of sugar. However, plain old boring water is such an essential element of wellness, and we are harming ourselves by casting it off! Water makes up a majority of our body and is necessary for our body to function healthily and without issue. There are countless benefits to drinking water, and being more mindful about water intake is crucial for health and wellness.
Why Is Drinking Water Important?
With a busy schedule, it is often easy to forget to drink water and go about the day while being dehydrated. Often, we do not even notice when we are dehydrated as we have gotten so used to ignoring the signs. Unfortunately, we are a chronically dehydrated society and cant even tell the difference between hunger and thirst any more. On top of our many daily tasks, it is difficult to remember to drink water and pay attention to what our body needs, but it is necessary.
Often, when our body is telling us that we are thirsty, we may confuse it for hunger, meaning that we are bypassing our body’s needs. Additionally, there are hundreds of drink options now, many of them containing large amounts of sugar, so when we do pick up a drink, it may not be what we need, causing us to stay dehydrated. All of these factors make it crucial to be mindful of our water intake throughout the day.
Benefits of Drinking Water
Water is critical for our body’s function. Without water, the body cannot perform necessary functions and maintain a healthy operating state. Drinking larger amounts of water also has several benefits for increased physical and mental health. As a result, water is a strong contributor to our overall health and wellness. Overall, the drinking water benefits are countless.
Water is Helpful for Weight Loss
Water is often one of the most powerful and most underrated weight loss tools. We know that water is 100% calorie-free, but we often do not know that it also helps you burn more calories. Water helps to activate your metabolism, meaning that it helps your body use more calories for energy.
Drinking water consistently keeps your metabolism going throughout the day, making your body more efficient at burning calories. You should always consume before meals as it will help jumpstart your metabolism and aid your body in digestion. This makes your body better at using more of the food you take in for energy instead of storing it as fat.
Additionally, water suppresses hunger and appetite. Drinking water can take up space in your stomach and signal to your body that you are full. You should also drink plenty of water as a person can think that they are hungry when they are actually thirsty, so it helps to avoid unnecessary snacking. Drinking water also helps to replace drinks that contain a lot of sugar. This is a great way to avoid unnecessary calories and support your body’s function all at the same time. Altogether, you should drink plenty of water for a healthy weight.
Water Supports Your Body’s Internal Processes
Water is a necessary element that helps to carry out many processes in the body. We are made up of 70% water, so it makes sense that we need to continue to drink water to sustain ourselves. The body uses water for almost all of its essential processes. We are all made up of cells that make up tissues, carry nutrients and reproduce throughout our bodies. Water plays a key role in keeping cells alive and flourishing as it carries nutrients to the cells in your tissue and gets rid of toxins and dead cells.
Water also helps to flush toxins away from your organs. It helps to cleanse the kidneys and expel toxins from the body through urine. Without enough water, the body has to work overtime to carry out the toxins. By drinking enough water, it reduces your risk of kidney stones. If there is not enough water to break down the excess minerals and toxins in the urine, then kidney stones can develop and cause extreme discomfort. Similarly, drinking water prevents constipation and allows your body to function appropriately, carrying out toxins to promote healthy organ function and prevent health problems.
Water also increases oxygenation in the body. This is the process of your cells carrying oxygen from your lungs to the rest of the tissues of your body. This process is crucial for healthy physical function and is especially helpful during exercise when your body’s tissues need oxygen quickly. Altogether, water is necessary for supporting the components of the machine that is the human body.
Water Has Numerous Physical Health Benefits
Water plays a key role in your physical health and prevents everything from discomfort to long-term health problems. Maintaining a sufficient water intake is key to avoiding a lot of very common health problems, even more than we might think. For example, staying hydrated allows you to avoid the discomforts of headaches and heartburn. Drinking water is great for both the prevention and relief of headaches. Water is often the simple solution to nagging health issues. Before considering over-the-counter medications, always ask yourself if you have had enough water.
Water plays a large role in our physical movement as well. Water is lubrication for the body. If you dont drink enough water your joints can experience more friction during movement leading to pain and discomfort. Water also helps your body carry necessary nutrients to your muscles and tissues to function, which is particularly necessary after using them extensively. As a result, drinking water can reduce pain and inflammation, providing your body with the hydration it needs to support joints and repair muscles.
Water also reduces fluid retention and associated swelling that comes with it—staying consistently hydrated means that your body does not need to hold on to large quantities of water. This will help you feel more comfortable and allow you to worry less about bloating or swollen feet. Staying hydrated is key to feeling great and avoiding negative health effects.
Drinking Water Helps You Look Great
On top of the many health benefits, water is also great for your appearance because it helps you to maintain healthy muscle tone and reduces the effects of aging on your skin. Dehydration can reduce muscle tone by preventing muscles from contracting. When dehydrated, muscles also take longer to repair themselves and rebuild, so even if you are putting a lot of time into your workouts, they may not be helpful if you do not drink enough water. A lack of water can also affect your workouts by leading to muscle fatigue or cramping, which prevents you from making the most of the exercise. Drinking enough water is necessary for building and maintaining healthy muscles.
Water also helps to keep your skin looking young and fresh. Staying hydrated allows your skin to maintain its elasticity. People who drink a healthy amount of water experience fewer wrinkles and scars. Whether it is for your skin or muscles, water is great for your appearance, helping you look younger and stronger.
Water Benefits Your Mental and Cognitive Health
Water is integral for all of your body’s processes, including your brain function. Water helps to support the chemical processes in the brain, which are necessary for stabilizing your mental health and function. Drinking enough water allows your brain to function better for a balanced mood, improved concentration and sustained memory function. A hydrated brain also helps regulate stress and anxiety. On top of it all, you also experience better sleep - water increases blood flow to the brain. Water plays a key role in your mental and cognitive health.
How to Drink More Water
At this point, it is clear that you need to keep your body consistently hydrated. Keep your body properly hydrated by drinking sufficient quantities of water throughout the day. The amount of water that everyone needs will be slightly different, but the best practice is to drink about a gallon a day. This also depends on your exercise and activity for the day. More activity means you should be drinking more water. By being mindful of your water intake and making better habits, you can take the right steps to stay hydrated.
Drinking water should be a thoughtful process. Try carrying around a refillable water bottle everywhere you go so that you are always thinking about drinking water and always have access to it. There are also water bottles you can buy that have markings on the side telling you how much water you should drink by a certain time of the day. These are a great way to remember to drink water, especially during a busy day. Whatever may work for you, it helps to be constantly thinking about drinking water throughout the day so that you intake your necessary amount.
It becomes even easier to stay hydrated if you replace sugary beverages with water. By replacing sugary drinks, you are drinking more water, and you are avoiding a drink that will often dehydrate you more than it will hydrate you. Try setting goals for yourself to put down your other drink choices and replace them with more water. Overall, taking a step towards drinking more water has numerous positive effects on health and wellness and is part of an overall picture of wellness.
Take the Steps Toward Holistic Wellness Today
Here at Studio Figura ATL, we want to help you take the path toward genuine health and wellness. We work with you to address the multi-dimensional nature of health so that you can live a more rewarding, more complete lifestyle. Join us by taking some key next steps: