The human body is essentially a very complicated organic machine, it needs a vast variety of nutrients and vitamins in order to function (just as any machine would need some of fuel) and maintain peak performance. Among the many different vitamins and nutrients that we need, nothing is more important to the body than water. Water is the holy grail of the human body and the benefits of drinking water are numerous, and even then, knowing just a fraction of its importance, a great many people fail to adequately hydrate the body and will only drink water when they are really thirsty. The issue is that by the time your body signals that it is thirsty (or thirsty enough to prompt you to drink water), you are already extremely dehydrated.
Although water contains no vitamins or nutrients in itself, it aids in electrolysis, which is necessary to help keep our cells hydrated. We can go without food for days, but water is a necessity and without it the body starts to suffer greatly. Water helps the body to perform many different functions.
The benefits of drinking water
First off, drinking water helps the brain. The brain which is more than 80 percent water, needs to maintain a sufficient level of hydration without which cognitive functioning would become impaired affecting things such as memory, committing information to memory and your ability to concentrate. It then helps to flush out impurities in the body, helping to keep organs like the kidneys performing as well being a cushion to the internal organs as well as the joints in the body.
The largest single organ in the body, our skin, benefits from continued hydration as well. Without hydration the skin would become dry and flaky, especially in cold climates or our day to day air conditioned workplaces. Hydrated skin resists many of the signs of aging and looks younger longer.
Lack of water can also cause problems such as kidney and bladder infections. It can impair tear production, cause headaches and allow toxins to build up in the body. Without water our cells would dry out and die, so drink as much water as you possibly can, don’t wait till you get thirsty. Because, as the saying goes, water is life.
How much water should we be drinking
A good way to calculate your individual water needs are to take your current body weight in pounds and divide that number in half, the number you get is the amount of water you need to consume a day in ounces. A person who weights 150 pounds, according to the above calculation, would require 75 ounces of water every day. In addition, if you are a person who has an active physical lifestyle, will need additional eight ounce glass of water for every twenty minutes of activity. If you are a person who goes out socially often then it is also recommended that you drink an equal amount of water to the amount of alcohol you consume. For more detailed information check out our article on How Much Water Should You Drink A Day. You’ll find further details on the health benefits of drinking water and why our bodies need it so much.