With growing trends and interests in fitness and health, it’s important to remember that pure water is our source of life! With increased levels of activity and warmer climates, we should be drinking about 2-3 litres a day.
Our body is made up of around 70% water, which is needed for every bodily function. If you don't have enough water, your body will suck moisture from any liquid source in your system; your blood, cell fluid, intra-cellular fluid, and even your stools and urine. When you're literally draining yourself, you're impacting your physical and mental health and speeding up the ageing process.
Headaches, fatigue, stomachaches, heartburn, eczema, constipation, confusion, urinary tract infections, pain and tension in muscles and joints are signs of lack of water. Dehydration will also show on your skin; dry and wrinkled, brittle hair and nails, cold fingers and toes. So here are a few reasons to boost your water intake:
Better food digestion
The vital organs need essential nutrients more than the rest of our body. So if you’re dehydrated, it will take what’s available. Hence constipation. Water-depleted stools are hard to pass —and they can be there for days! As a result, your stomach feels bloated with the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast.
Dehydration can trigger brain fog. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more water for a more upbeat and focused you!
If you struggle with a puffy face and sunken eyes with dark circles, those are signs of distressed kidneys.
The kidneys filter toxins, salts, and water from the bloodstream - nights out with too much alcohol, too many salty snacks, and too much sodium will overload the kidneys. If the body is dehydrated, then the kidneys can’t function properly and it will soon show on your face.
Thus water is the best for anti-ageing!
Make sure that you drink more than two litres of water during the day, and eat (good) fats everyday. Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two reasons; water retention and a lack of hypodermis fat.
Good fats are pure and unprocessed plant oils from foods like organic flax seeds, butter from grass-fed sources, and organic coconut oil!
Fat binds the water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. The fat (mainly from the butter) will store in the fat layer that prevents that hollow look that often appears with age.
Lowers body fat
Being dehydrated can make you gain weight! Your liver deals with metabolising fat, while the kidneys deal with straining toxins out of the water you drink (blood is 90% water). However, if you don't have enough water in your system already, your kidneys will not be able to do its job. In this case your body will shift some of the work to your liver. The efficiency of the liver is then compromised, and it winds up leaving a lot of fat in your body.
Do you sometimes feel hungry even after you’ve eaten? Chances are you’re thirsty. Drink a glass of water! Water acts as an appetite suppressant. When you’re feeling hungry, drink a big glass of water before you act upon that sensation. If you’d like a bit of flavour, you can add some lemon juice. If you’re still hungry after that glass, then the hunger is probably real!
Helping the body do its job
The bloodstream provides your cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients, and takes away any waste products. As you can see, blood is essential and important. After all, our blood is 90% water; no wonder they call water the source of life.
As said before, the body will tap the water from cells and blood if needed to help counter dehydration. The blood will become thicker, increasing the risk for clotting, and making it harder to pump it through the system. (I’ve personally experienced this during a blood test. Only after drinking a glass of water was blood able to flow into the needle - I hadn't even realised I was dehydrated). Lack of water can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart disease. Everything is connected throughout the body, and it’s important not to neglect one of its fundamental tools.
So drink up.