If you’re anything like me (and I believe you are) we’re both tired of listening to people say: YOU NEED TO DRINK WATER! WATER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER! 😡
Oof, this shit is intense. Drinking water has become the subject where instead of being willing to listen we just get annoyed, isn’t it? We all do that, we shut ourselves down from listening any further. Why?
We all know it’s vital, we all know we should be drinking more. We also know that water makes up around 60% of your body and 90% of your brain. We also know that hydration is essential for your body to function at all, let alone function optimally. It’s so obvious, yet so little people monitor their water intake and ensure they get enough!
That the above is so obvious that your brain haven’t even registered what was up there. That’s why I included another 10 reasons why you should reach for that glass and down it right now.
1. It prevents dehydration
Duh! Like this was something you didn’t know. Even though it’s self explanatory a lot of times our bodies don’t get enough water and get dehydrated, which can be dangerous at times. Can you imagine that severe dehydration can cause seizures, brain swelling, kidney failure, or even death? That’s mental!
2. It regulates body temperature
That’s right, if it wasn’t for water you wouldn’t be able to sweat and your body temperature would keep rising. That’s why staying hydrated during physical activity or in hot environments is even more important.
3. It aids digestion
Drinking water before, during, and after a meal can help your body break the food down. This way you can digest food more effectively which could help you make the most out of the nutrition you intake.
4. It helps create saliva
Water + electrolytes + enzymes + mucus = saliva. Easy equation but why does it even matter? Well, saliva is essential for the digestive processes as it starts breaking down solid food and it keeps your mouth healthy. Whenever you feel your mouth going dry you’re getting 1st sign of dehydration and it’s high time you drank something.
5. It helps remove waste
Sweating, urinating, bowel movements- it’s all possible thanks to water. Sweat regulates body temperature when you exercise and lost water needs to be replaced (again, drink more water.) Your gut and kidneys work hard to remove waste from your body and that wouldn’t be possible without proper hydration too.
6. It protects spinal cord, joints, and tissue
Everything in your body is lubricated with water so if you want to keep them safe and avoid any discomfort you know what to do.
7. It helps improve performance
When you exercise you sweat a lot and this water has to be replaced. Ever tried to push through a hard workout without getting enough water? Imagine all that water coursing through your body removing waste, binding water in the muscle, increasing blood volume, and much much more. It’s critical!
8. It helps absorb nutrients
Not only water helps with breaking the food down, it also helps dissolve some vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
9. It helps lose weight
Yes, you’ve read that one right. There is a ton of studies linking higher water intake with fat loss.
10. It helps your body fight illness
Well hydrated body means well functioning system where waste is excreted properly and there is no buildup of toxins that weaken your body.
But how much is enough?
This is a tricky one. We’re all different and we have completely different needs when it comes to everything- including training and nutrition. However, you should be conscious of how much water you consume on daily basis as it is crucial for your overall health.
Most people reach for something to drink when their mouth gets dry but that means that you’re already dehydrated. Instead, try to drink a glass of water every hour throughout the day, even if you don’t really feel like you might be thirsty. This will ensure your body got plenty of water to work with to keep homeostasis (balance state.)
Water intake from food counts too but I wouldn’t really recommend tracking it. This will get too complex too quick, simply focus on getting enough beverages during the day to ensure you’re well hydrated.
How to make sure I’m on top of my water?
- Have a bottle of water with you everywhere you go when you know you will be away for quite a long time without easy access to it
- Keep track of your intake throughout the day, like I said a glass of water every hour will do the job
- Plan it- divide your day into smaller blocks and ensure you had your needed amount of water per block (I have 3 reference points- I make sure I drank my water by 12pm, 6pm and midnight. Try it!)
You might think ‘what the actual hell! All of that about water?’
Actually, yeah. That and much, much more.
Water in itself is a vast topic where you could read and watch hours of material on how it affects every single process that takes place in your body. Leave that for scientists, you yourself make sure you get that glass per hour or whatever you figured out your daily need is and stick to it!