We’ve heard it all before, we should all be drinking water each and every day, and that there are so many benefits of drinking water, and so on…
Admittedly… and unfortunately …it can be a little difficult to get into the daily routine. After all, lets’ face it, there are more exciting beverages to choose if given the choice!
With that said, the fact remains that we all do know that drinking water is good for our health, (and it is) and even though I will fully admit I was never huge on getting my daily suggested requirements, I am so much better today just by focusing on a few key reasons which were the crux of getting me to change my ways.
The Factors that Got Me to Focus More on Drinking Water:
First of all, and most seriously, I lost a few friends to cancer well before their time!
Now, I’m not saying that ‘lack of drinking water’ had anything to do with it, but I do firmly believe that in this day and age, we ingest so many foreign substances (i.e.: hormones in food, preservatives, etc) that I personally am convinced these elements don’t help in the longevity department. 😉
We’ve all heard about the importance of drinking water to flush out our systems. To me since we can’t control everything that is contained within our food, we can at least give our bodies and fighting chance to rid itself of less than healthy additives.
Furthermore, I was reading a magazine in my dentists office last week, that drinking a decent amount of clean drinking water each and every day is believed to reduce the risk of colon cancer by over 40%, reduce the risk of bladder cancer by over 50% and they even feel drinking water can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer risk as well.
I don’t know about you… but to me if drinking water can ‘possibly’ prevent such illnesses, making the effort to drink more water and make sure my family does the same… it is more than well worth it.
Now as a side note, I tend to drink coffee in the morning (a habit I don’t feel I should ‘have’ to give up completely, btw). I do know however, that coffee, teas, anything with caffeine, tends to dehydrates the body rather than hydrates it as you’d think it would. (Seems bizarre really) but I figured drinking a couple of decent sized glasses of water in the morning should remedy that situation and flush my system out at the same time. (again, focusing primarily on the ‘flushing factor’ ) 😉
You have probably also heard before that the body is made up of more than 60% water; and that the brain is said to be made up of 70% water It only makes sense that an adequate daily intake of water is the least we can do to keep our body replenished and topped up to its required levels.
Since being more focused on the benefits of drinking water, I have also intentionally experimented, particularly in the event of the ‘afternoon wilting periods”. (you know, the 3pm “I could sure use a nap” times?)
I have found that by drinking a glass or so of water … it almost instantaneously hydrates the brain to pick you up and help with the ‘alertness factor’ (It really does work!)
With that said, drinking water actually not only helps with alertness but it also gives you energy.
Since we all know that being dehydrated actually ‘zaps’ energy, it only makes sense to continually replenish… does it not?
Another interesting pointer is that our blood is made up of over 80 percent water and needs it to manufacture new healthy blood cells, not to mention keep it flowing well so it can deliver the nutrients and oxygen to other parts of our bodies.
Get this too: Drinking water is even said to help reduce ‘pain’ in our bodies by aiding the lymphatic system and helping with waste removal from our tissues, etc. In other words, water is essential to our lymphatic system in order for it to function the best way possible.
It also lubes our joints, muscles, etc that can greatly aid in better flexibility and ‘is said’ to relieve arthritic or muscular pain, etc.
We’ve already covered it , but toxins, foreign substances (such as preservatives, traces of fertilizers, etc) and other toxins are kept in check by drinking water to flush them our of our tissues, intestines, kidneys, etc.
(it really does all make sense that it all works together… don’t you think?)
It is said that water is also helpful in the area of ‘weights loss”. I buy this for a few reasons.”
** First of all it regulates metabolism.
** Secondly it is said to flush fats out of our system.
** Third, drinking a couple of glasses of water prior to meals helps reduce hunger and hence we don’t over eat.
** With energy levels being at their optimal peak (due to drinking water) 😉 exercise is easier and more attractive.
Oh, I could go on for ever here about the benefits of drinking water and will write another post not solely focused on my own reasons.
I will also share how to get into the water drinking habit so you can get yourself on track. It really helped me with just a few simple tweaks. Whats more, you’ll be amazed how much better you’ll feel.
In the meantime, don’t underestimate the importance of drinking water. It does the body good … try it and see.
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