Water is an essential element that supports all life on earth. It is found not only in large bodies of water, but within many foods we consume regularly (think fruits, vegetables). Without it, we would surely have a hard time surviving! It is important to drink throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated, as dehydration can lead to all sorts of uncomfortable complications, especially long-term. 4-6 cups of water a day is the general rule for healthy individuals, but needs can vary depending on each person. Here are some the amazing benefits water provides our bodies to keep us healthy, and active:
Without water, your body would struggle to make use of the foods and vitamins you consume. If you have ever been dehydrated, you may have also noticed how you feel a little lightheaded or out of breath. Water helps to eliminate waste from your body while keeping all the essential nutrients through absorption, and carries oxygen throughout your body.
After a hearty meal, drinking a glass of water can help aid digestion. Water assists in breaking down food so it can be absorbed, and easily passed through the intestines. As an added benefit, water can also be a great weight loss aid by helping you eat less! If you ever get an odd hunger pang but you’ve recently eaten a lot, it may be your body telling you you’re dehydrated.
Your heart is constantly hard at work, pumping just about 2000 gallons of blood each day! Dehydration strains your heart and makes its job difficult, which is one of the main reasons why you are always told to drink water while exercising. The proper amount of water makes it easier for your heart to do its job, and without enough, it will compensate by beating faster which can cause palpitations.
During exercise and hot days, the amount you sweat will often exceed how much water you are drinking, leading to electrolyte losses and dehydration. This can cause movement, especially aerobics, to overheat your body through heat stress. With proper water intake, your body can store and regulate heat more efficiently, and keep the electrolytes flowing.
With proper hydration your body is able to maintain optimum moisture levels and protects your tissues, spinal cord, and joints. Acting as a lubricant and a cushion for your joints, water also maintains moisture in your blood, bones, and brain.
Thirsty yet? Hopefully these tips will inspire you to be more conscious of your water intake, as it is the key to life on earth! From protecting your internal organs, to making sure your body is functioning properly, water is an essential part of your overall well-being.
For more informative blogs, tips and tricks to help keep you healthy and active, visit getactivenplay.com or follow us on social media @GetactiveNplay