Everyone knows that we should drink 8 cups of water a day. But few people know why this is really important, and even fewer people actually drink enough throughout the day. Here are four reasons why drinking enough water is so crucial to keeping you healthy:
Many times throughout the day you get random urges to eat, even if you had just finished a meal a little over an hour ago. Next time that happens, try drinking a tall glass of water and see if it doesn’t help. A lot of times people mistake dehydration for hunger, which contributes to over eating and ultimately weight gain.
Staying hydrated not only helps you feel better on the inside, but it also helps with outward appearance. Have you ever had weeks where your skin is drier than usual, and maybe even your lips are chapped or cracked? Many people think it is due to wind, cold weather, or dry air, but one factor they don't consider is dehydration. Our body is 70% water, and part of that serves to hydrate your skin.
Ever feel like it takes a really long time for you to fully wake up in the morning? Think about this for a brief moment: After a good nights rest, your body has just gone 7-8 hours without drinking a single drop of water. To add to that, the first thing that many of us do when we wake up is go to the bathroom. Your body is rested but pretty dehydrated. Try drinking a large glass of water first thing in the morning and see how much of a difference it makes.
This one is pretty straightforward: Water is essentially the lubricant for the digestion system, ensuring that everything operates the way it should. In addition, drinking even the minimum required amounts of water everyday has proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Don’t be like this guy wait until you're already dehydrated. Chances are you could use a glass of water at this very moment. Get yourself a reusable water bottle that you carry with you at all times. When it comes to food and diet we typically always preach moderation, but in this case, go wild. If you haven't gotten my point yet, I’ll reiterate one more time: drink lots of water!