Just Water?

When I am out to enjoy a meal at a restaurant, and I find myself not ordering an alcoholic beverage or a soda, I tell the waiter or waitress, "Ill just have water." This happened a few nights ago, and that statement rang in my mind over and over again. "Ill just have water."??? I’ll just have the most important thing for my body? (right up there with oxygen) It seemed so wrong that I was belittling such an important part of my health. That I was making it seem less important than the other drinks being ordered around the table. As if I were shorting my taste buds, or punishing myself. As if water is somehow inferior to other beverages.

Hmmm

Knowing how important water is to our bodies, I did a little research to confirm what I already knew. I also learned some more benefits to drinking water in the process:

 

 

Top 11 Health Benefits of Drinking Water

 

  1. Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, its an effective appetite suppressant so youll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories
  2. Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.
  3. Look Younger with Healthier Skin: Youll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.
  4. Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.
  5. Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means youll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.
  6. Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps indigestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
  7. Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so youll less likely get cramps and sprains.
  8. Less Likely to Get Sick and More Likely Feel Healthy: Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water added with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. In another words one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system
  9. Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.
  10. Good Mood: Your body feels very good and thats why you feel happy.
  11. Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.

     

    With so many upsides to drinking water, why would we not drink it? I know that it is hard to drink water in the winter when we are cold and not feeling thirsty. I know it tastes better to grab a soda at lunch. I know it takes effortbut good health does! Usually by the time we are actually "thirsty" we are dehydrated or partially so. Many people think they are hungry when they are really thirstyIm guilty of that! How much water is enough water, you ask? I read somewhere that a good way to see how much water we need to consume each day is by our weight. We need to try to drink half our weight in ounces a day. So, if I weigh 100 pounds, I need to drink 50 ounces of water a day. Makes sense to me.

    Here’s our challenge: Lets all try to drink half our weight in ounces of water each day this week. After a week, lets go for another week. Pretty soon it will become a habit and our body will crave water instead of other beverages that dont do a body good. Also, lets be grateful, as we drink our water, that we have pure fresh water to drinksome people dont!

    Cheers!

     

Comments

  1. Water!! its a part of the world and our life, there is no imagination of metothepowerofme.com without water….

  2. Oh my, I did the math and realize now that to meet your challenge, I must drink 682 ounces (5.33 GALLONS) of water this week! So, I gotta go pee now! :~)

  3. Jen Coleman says:

    I’ve always been a big water drinker…however I USED to also drink soda (which is obviously way horrible for you). I recently stopped drinking soda and am happy I did–THANKS for the reminder of why I did! 🙂

  4. FYI…
    There are frozen cubes of water in my Captain & Cokes!

  5. I am pleased to report that I am sipping a nice big bottle of H2O while reading your insightful narrative on all the benefits of drinking lots of water. And you are so right – it’s easy to put enough water in my system in the summer but much harder to maintain that healthy habit when I’m not thirsty. As Hopper said, thanks for the reminder!

  6. Christopher Hopkins says:

    Deanna,
    I love the reminder!

  7. Right on Deanna!
    And….Make it iodized alkaline water for better benefit.

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