You’ve heard it before, you need to drink more water! Our bodies are comprised of 70% water, and our Earth is covered in about 71% water – water is the clearest link of humans being elemental beings of the Earth. To survive and to thrive, we need to consume more water. But besides from survival, what are the benefits to drinking more water?
- Water helps detox impurities from your organs, especially your liver and kidneys. Drinking enough water allows these essential organs to function at optimal levels. They use the water as a flushing system to push out toxins.
- Water keeps your skin soft and supple. Even if you slather yourself in Butter Me Up, without enough water, your skin will become dry and cracked. Just like a car needs oil for lubrication to keep everything running smoothly, your body needs water.
- Water keeps you seeing clearly. We need water to help lubricate our eyes, which protects them from the invasion of environmental particles.
- Water is essential for a comfortable gastrointestinal tract. Water helps our gut to digest food and send the nutrients to the appropriate organs. To prevent constipation and bloating, drink more water.
- Water bolsters your general immunity. Because so many organs rely on water, and because our bodies are perfect systems, water is distributed amongst these organs which help flush out toxins that cause illness, and allow for your body to create more white blood cells.
- Water keeps you feeling full. Sometimes we mistake hunger signals and are actually thirsty. Drinking plenty of water keeps your body feeling full, and when you get hunger signals, then you’re actually hungry.
- Water helps your heart pump blood through your circulatory system. We all know that our blood is our life force, and unless there is enough oxygen and water in our blood, we can start to feel tired and foggy.
- Water helps keep your mouth cleaner. Along with brushing and flossing twice a day, a key to a healthy mouth is lubrication. The water you drink helps clear some unseen particles between brushings, as well as allowing the mouth to stay moist.
- Water maintains your body temperature. While this may not seem as important when you’re inside in a controlled environment, when you do go outside, your body works hard to keep itself at the average 98.6 Fahrenheit. Water is excreted as part of sweat through our sweat glands, which allows the body to adjust itself.
- Drinking more water helps with water retention. While this seems counterintuitive, when your body is retaining water, it’s because your body is not receiving enough water. So next time you feel bloated from water retention, drink more water to cue your body into getting rid of the retention.
So, how much water should a person drink? According to The Mayo Clinic: “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.”
Next time you head out for the day, remember to grab your keys, wallet, and a refillable bottle of water!