The Benefits of Drinking Water

Unless you have been living under a nutritional rock for your whole life you probably have at least a passing understanding of why it’s so important to drink water. Yet even though most people understand and will acknowledge that water is an important element of anyone’s diet, most people still don’t drink enough. If you aren’t regularly incorporating an abundance of H2O into your diet every day, than you need to read on and learn about how drinking water benefits your health in ways you never imagined.

For starters, it’s important to remember that you are mostly composed of water. Your muscles are composed of over 70% water, your blood is almost entirely water, and your brain is a whopping 90% water! As a whole, over two thirds of your body is composed of water, making it the single most important element that you can take in every day. After all, you can live for about 30 days without food, but you can’t live more than 3 days without any water.

Because the majority of your body systems and body parts of composed of water, being even mildly dehydrated van result in some pretty drastic changes in your ability to properly function. Even a 4% level of dehydration can reduce the strength of your muscles significantly, and there are few mental pick me ups more effective than taking in a glass or two of water when you are feeling intellectually sluggish. If you want your body to run properly, than you need to make sure you are fully hydrated at all times.

Drinking enough water is an important element of staying healthy and avoiding illness. One of the main causes of illness are the various toxins that you contract from your environment and from your diet. Even the healthiest diet is going to result in waste products, and you need water to push these waste products out of your system. All of your filtering organs (such as your liver and your kidneys) primarily use water to function properly, and they require a steady stream of water to pass toxins out of your body.

Speaking of toxins, it’s important that you always drink the cleanest, purest water possible. While it’s better to drink an abundance of tap water than it is to allow yourself to dehydrate, overall it’s a good idea to invest in a water filter and use it religiously. Tap water is notoriously laden with environmental toxins, heavy metals, pesticides and fluoride- all of which are less than ideal for your health. If you are going to commit to drinking enough water each and every day, than it’s a good idea to get yourself some sort of filtration system.

This, of course, begs the question of how much water is enough on a daily basis. The number varies depending on which person you ask. Some people say you only need to drink enough water to quench your thirst, while other people argue that you need at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you are just starting out drinking water habitually, than 8 glasses is a good amount to shoot for. While it’s best to space your water consumption out evenly over the course of an entire day, it’s better to drink a quart of water twice a day than to not get in your 64 ounce minimum.