Water is the all-round miracle drink that can do wonders for your health. Name any body part and you will find water is essential to keep it working at optimal levels. Our bodies need H2O because we are 70% water – so drink up, even in winter when you’d rather have a hot cup of cocoa. To keep ourselves in tip-top health we should be drinking half our weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 160 pounds that equals 80 ounces or ten 8 ounces glasses per day. That may sound like a lot to you but, here are 10 good reasons why we need to drink water:
1. Keeps Headaches at bay: Three quarters of your brain is water so, this is one of the first places that will feel it.
2. Reduces Infections: The lymphatic system is your waste disposal system, breaking down toxins like caffeine before passing them into the blood stream. Dehydration weakens the flow of lymph in the system and makes the body less resistant to infection. With Water, lymph flows properly again, fighting infection and lowering feverish temperatures.
3. Gives you better skin: Skin needs water for elasticity, so too little water leaves it looking dry, looking lined and feeling delicate.
4. Keeps up your concentration: Your body needs water to help flush out poisons from things like junk food and additives. If you are dehydrated, toxins hang around in the liver, making you tired and unable to concentrate. Water swills the poisons out and gets the system moving again.
5. Banishes Bags: Sunken eyes and under eye circles are signs that you need water. Eyes sink because there isn’t enough water to keep them suspended in the eye socket. Under-eye circles are due to thin skin being bruised as fluid drains away.
6. Stops Cramps: Blood transports oxygen to the muscles for activities such as exercise. If there isn’t enough oxygen in the blood, the muscles create lactic acid that causes painful cramps. Drinking more water helps to keep blood pumped with oxygen.
7. Reduces Cystitis: A healthy hydrated body removes waste with light yellow virtually odorless urine. If you are not drinking enough, the darker urine is more highly concentrated and waste products linger in the bladder, leaving you prone to cystitis and kidney infections.
8.Keeps Bowels Healthy: Without Water the contents of the colon (lower intestine) can dry out and get stuck, eventually causing diverticulitis. Constipation can also be a problem, because water is needed to bulk out feces. Drinking water, along with taking in water from Fruit and Vegetables, helps to rehydrate this waste.
9.Prevents Fluid Retention: When you are felling puffy as women often do before a period, drinking water isn’t your immediate thought. But it’s the best treatment for reducing fluid retention. If your body doesn’t get enough water, it senses there is a shortage and begins to retain every drop it needs for vital daily processes.
10.Keeps your breath Sweet: Bad breath is a classic sign that you need to boost your water intake. Saliva helps cleanse the teeth of bacteria and keeps the tongue hydrated. Lack of water dries the mouth, leads to furry tongue and prevents bacteria from being washed away, all of which can cause halitosis.
Article by Martha Roberts Taken from ‘SW Health Magazine’