Drinking water is something we have all been told we need to do more of and it seems that message is finally starting to sink in. For the first time ever, bottled water sales have surpassed soft drink sales in the United States. This trend is, in large part, due to the fact that Americans are becoming more health conscious and looking for alternatives to sugar-laden beverages.
But do you really know why water is so good for you? What exactly does a tall glass of clean water do for a body? We know that it hydrates and refreshes but there is much more going on than simply quenching your thirst. What follows are some of the most important reasons (backed by science) drinking enough water is so important to maintaining good health.
- It maintains body fluids. The human body is made up of approximately 60 percent water. When your body is low on fluids it effects things body temperature, circulation, the creation of saliva and transportation of nutrients.
- It can help prevent kidney stones. Your kidneys rid your body of toxins, but they can’t work correctly unless you take in enough fluids. Further, failing to drink enough water over long periods of time may put you at a higher risk of kidney stones.
- It keeps your bowels functioning properly. To keep your gastrointestinal tract in good working order, you need proper fluid intake. Without that fluid, the colon pulls water from your stools which leads to constipation.
- It helps control calories. While water contains no calories, its dietary benefits go beyond that. Foods that have a high water content are more slowly digested and make you feel full quicker.
- It prevents muscle fatigue. When muscles cells don’t contain enough fluids, they don’t work like they should. If you exercise, the amount of water you consume is especially important because it helps to prevent muscle fatigue.
- It keeps you looking good. While water won’t erase fine lines, it will prevent dehydration which causes your skin to become dry and wrinkled.
- It can keep headaches at bay. Many headaches are caused by dehydration. Drinking water can help prevent those types of headaches.
- It may help to decrease joint pain. In some studies, drinking water has been shown to reduce joint pain by keeping cartilage soft and hydrated. In fact, glucosamine—which is used to reduce joint pain—does so by helping cartilage absorb more water.
Nothing tastes better than a tall glass of water. Now that you know some of the many ways water is good for your body, chances are you will want to drink even more of it!