Top 5 Benefits of Drinking Water

Boost your success by drinking enough water each day!

It may seem simple, but drinking enough water throughout the day may just be the change you need to make huge leaps in your health and other achievements. Not only is water an essential component to the function of every cell, tissue and organ in the body, it is also helps to maintain temperature control, flush out toxins, regulate digestion, nourish the skin and hair, lubricate joints, eyes, mouth, as well as many more critical bodily functions.

As you can already see, water has many important roles. Today I am outlining how you can experience a noticeable improvement in your well-being, instantly, by making sure that you are properly hydrated. Below are the top

  1. Boost Brain Power
    Water nourishes, as well as carries important nutrients to the brain. Research has shown that as little as 1-2% dehydration can have dramatic effects on the brain. Proper hydration increases cognitive power, memory, mood, alertness and learning. 
  2. Prevent Headaches 
    One of the key symptoms of dehydration is a headache. For headaches caused by dehydration – a hangover, is a common example, the headache may be resolved by rehydrating. The duration and intensity of other types headaches has also been shown to be slightly lessened by drinking more water; however it is best to speak with your healthcare provider about your specific headaches symptoms and the options that are best for you. 
  3. Decrease Stress
    Our bodies are 55 – 75% water! By ensuring that we are consuming enough water on a daily basis we significantly decrease the amount of stress put on the body. Water is essential for many functions, if there is not enough water to carry out a specific process the body will adapt, but not without consequence. For example, if you do not have enough water to create sweat (a critical part of temperature control), your body will have to work extra hard to bring balance back to the body, which in turn creates excess stress and inflammation. Chronic stress and inflammation is a main contributing factor to burnout and chronic disease. Do yourself a favour and drink water to gain short-term and long-term benefits of a less-stressed state.
  4. Decrease Aches and Pains
    Muscle tissue is primarily made up of water, making them highly susceptible to decreased function and increased discomfort when hydration status is low. Similarly, when joints are not properly lubricated, due to a decrease in water, pain may increase. Dehydration increases the brain’s sensitivity to pain signals. No matter what the cause of pain, increasing water consumption will help to decrease the pain sensation on multiple levels.
  5. Assist in Weight Loss
    Water helps to maintain healthy weight in multiple ways. Increasing water intake helps by making you feel more full, as well as decreasing the amount of high-calorie drinks consumed. Many people don’t realize the amount of calories that they drink in products such as soda, juice, alcoholic beverages, sweetened coffee and tea. Making the switch to pure water, can eliminate a few hundred extra calories. Water also allows our metabolism to work more effectively to burn more calories and use them to generate more energy.

How much water should we really be drinking?

Despite popular belief, there is no hard and fast number of how much water we should be drinking each day.
For simplicity and to create an actionable and achievable goal, I always start with a baseline of 2L (that’s only 8 cups) of water per day, and adjust from there.

  • Add at least 1 cup of water for each 30 minutes in the heat or during exercise.
  • Increase fluids when sick (bone broth and healing herbal teas are great sources of fluids as well).

Self-hydration check: If your urine runs clear you are likely well hydrated. If it is dark, increase your fluids.

Some recommend that we should only drink when we feel thirst, however I often find that our thirst signals cannot always be trusted. Many people that are not used to drinking water are not in-tune with the bodies thirst signal and may not notice the signal, disregard it (as hydration is not a priority) or mistake it for something else, such as hunger, cravings or even feeling sleepy.


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