The human body is between 55–75% water, and water covers 70% of the earth’s surface. It’s all around us, and important for healthy living, yet most of us don’t drink enough of it. Here’s a few reasons you need to drink water.
1. Water Helps You Lose Weight
You may not realise it, but a single can of soft drink can contains 140 calories (or more) and those calories rarely provide any nutritional value. Regardless of what your fitness and training goals are, you should ensure those calories are providing the nutrients your body needs. Swap those soft drinks, juices and sports drinks for water and save the calories for eating more protein, or healthy fats.
An added benefit of water is that it may help prevent you from overeating at meal time. Drink 1–2 glasses of water thirty minutes before you eat a meal. The water will help fill you up, and prevent you from overeating.
2. Water Costs You Nothing
Melbourne tap water is some of the cleanest in the world. There’s no need to buy bottled water from the Mt Amazing where the unicorns frolic!
Save your money, buy a BPA-free bottle and fill it up from the tap. Carry it with you everywhere you go and save money.
3. Water Is Easy To Understand
The amount you need to drink depends on many factors such your body weight and exercise levels. Most people need to drink at least 2 litres per day as a base. Depending on how much you have exercised and sweated, you may need to drink another 1–2 litres more.
There is an easy way to measure if you need to drink more. Pay attention to your pee: if you’re well dehydrated the colour of your pee will be a pale yellow. If your urine is a dark, yellow colour, you’re dehydrated and need to drink more.
4. It Aids Digestion
Your kidneys, liver and other body organs need water to function. Your liver and kidney use water to flush toxins from your body (such as alcohol). Dehydration can cause constipation, with your colon extracting water from stool during digestion.
Water is required for your body to transport the nutrients and glycogen to your organs and muscles. Ensure you drink enough water for your body to perform at its best.
5. Aids in Recovery, Especially in Hot Weather
During exercise your body releases sweat to cool you down. While sweating is a good thing for maintaining optimal body temperature, those fluids do need to be replenished. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated before, during and after exercise. The amount you sweat will depend a lot on your body type, the temperature and the intensity of your exercise. These factors will also affect how dehydrated you become during exercise.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after exercise.
6. Keeps Your Kidneys Running In Top Gear
Your bodies organs all require water to function correctly, and that includes your kidneys. The primary role of your kidneys is to flush toxins from your body, which is excreted as urine. For optimal kidney function, you need to keep your hydration levels up.
7. Cold Water Helps With Recovery
Studies have shown that cold water can be beneficial in reducing the effect of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). After a hard workout, jumping into a cold bath, or alternating between hot and cold water may improve your recovery times.
Speaking from experience, it can help after a very hard workout, but the cold water can be unbearable at times too. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to recover from workouts faster.
8. Reduces Hangover Symptoms
We’ve all suffered from the effects of a hangover, some more often than others. If you’re like me, you’ve woken up the next morning and told yourself, “I’m never drinking again!”
The effects of alcohol, and the inevitable hangover can be lessened by keeping yourself hydrated. The headache, soreness and general lethargy can be minimised by drinking more water. When you decide to have a few drinks, make sure you drink water every second drink to keep your hydration levels up.
The water will help your kidneys flush the alcohol (a toxin) from your body as efficiently as possible.
9. It’s An Essential Part of Australia’s beautiful beaches
You didn’t think this article would only be about your health? Summer is here, and the weather is warming up! In Australia, we’re blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
So, remember to slip, slop slap, and get down to the beach! Show off that beach body that you have worked so hard to achieve!