I spent a lot of time reading and researching the benefits of water today. We know water is good for us… but what does it really do?
The best, most concise description is something I’ve copied from Fitday.
1) Drinking Water Keeps You Young
Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll suffer from dry skin, and you’ll be likely to use more creams and lotions to moisturize. However, creams and lotions don’t strike at the root of the problem. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you don’t drink enough water, your body will try to retain it in order to conserve resources. This retention makes your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating.
2) Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
There’s a reason why most diets and fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps you lose weight.
Water suppresses your appetite, so you don’t eat as much. Drinking plenty of water also prevents fluid retention, because your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough.
Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you’re not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don’t need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation.
3) Drinking Water Helps You Build Muscle
Another benefit of drinking water is that it makes your muscles stronger. That’s because water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle.
4) Drinking Water Makes You Smarter
Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!
Drinking plenty of water also supports nerve function. It ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain in the way they were meant to.
5) Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints
One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible, so that your movements are smooth and pain free.
The biggest reason I’ve attempted to drink more water is the weight loss. I’m not stupid. I eat because I’m bored, I eat when I’m actually thirsty, I eat more than I should because my body doesn’t realize it’s actually full.
I know it will help me lose weight.
I also know it’s good for my skin. Lately, my skin has been dry, ruddy, and rough. I don’t like how it looks or feels. So I need to drink water to help that improve. I want to look younger – I feel like I look every bit my 39 (in two days!!!) years.
I was peripherally aware that it was good for the joints. It makes sense – joints need to be lubricated and if you’re not putting in any liquid, everything dries out. So drinking water to keep my joints healthy makes sense.
The two that made me stop and think though – were the muscle building and brain power.
I am foggy lately. I can’t help but be. My life has changed irrevokeably, I haven’t recovered from that and don’t know when I’ll recover from that. So anything that will help me to be mentally alert, even somewhat more mentally alert, has to be a good thing. I am tired of my favourite phrase being “Did I tell you this already?”
I need to feel like my brain functions again. I’m going to work on drinking more water for the brain power.
As far as muscle building… that’s a seriously awesome side effect. My body reacts really well to strength training – I build muscle fast and my body shape changes quickly. Having an additional benefit of building more muscle? Freaking awesome. That in and of itself is worth having to pee more often.
Water is my friend. I have to get up close and cuddly with water. I drink too much coffee and in my coffee goes either cream & sugar or chemically flavoured “creamer” The creamer TASTES fricken awesome… but so do cookies, and cake and chocolate – none of which are good for me.
Which comes down to HOW MUCH? How much water should I be drinking?
Well – old school says 8 – 8oz glasses of water a day.
The Institute of Medicine suggests 9 – 8oz glasses of water a day.
I’ve read/heard that I should be drinking 1/2 – 1 oz of water per pound of body weight per day. At 1/2oz per pound of body weight – that’s 16 – 8oz glasses per day.
My water bottle holds 24 oz of water. 5 of them takes me close to the 16… but in reality – I drink between 2 – 4 per day.
I think I’m drinking enough -I just need to spread it out through the day. Currently I drink them all from about 2pm on :p
Water is important. Water is my friend. Water will help me meet all my goals, weight loss and and otherwise. It will help me stay focussed. And focus is what I need.