Think of your body as a car with a powerful and luxury engine.And water is your fuel - premium unleaded. You want to keep your luxury ride running in top shape and “keep the tank full,” right? Then, you need to give it what it wants to handle the everyday demands.
Our bodies are made of up to 60% water - no wonder it craves water! And if you're pushing your body through exercising, training for a marathon, or if you're pregnant it's even more important to make sure you're "tank is full" with the recommended eight 8oz glasses of water (or 2 Liters) each day.
Since water is what we crave and need, we talked to the pros and they reminded us that even if you’re not engaged in physical labor, your body still looks to water to refuel and keep you going throughout the day. Here’s more of what they said are 7 ways that water can give your inner engine a powerful boost:
Water Reduces Fatigue
One of the greatest health benefits of drinking water is that water can help you to feel more energized. According to Lisa Hugh, a Registered Dietitian in private practice, “Being slightly dehydrated while exercising can cause fatigue--people can't complete their workout sometimes.” Water helps to hydrate the body and lower blood pressure so that it doesn’t have to work so hard to circulate blood.It also helps muscles to recover faster and cushions joints, which decreases the likelihood of cramps and sprains when you’re exercising.
Water Flushes Toxins
If you’ve ever been pregnant before, there is little need to elaborate on the woes of constipation.Similarly, a diet lacking in fiber can also bind you up and make it difficult to “go.” Antonio Pizarro, MD, stresses the importance of water in improving bowel motility and urinary symptoms: “Improved water intake can reduce the effects on the bladder of irritants like caffeine or acidic foods. When being treated for constipation, water can be a part of the solution by making stools softer.”Drinking adequate water also helps to flush toxins that can cause kidney stones, bladder stones, and urinary tract infections.
Water Eases Bloating
No doubt, bloating is one of the most uncomfortable feelings ever. Lisa Reed, owner of Lisa Reed Fitness, explains that bloating is often a side-effect of dehydration: “bloating happens when your body retains water because it is not getting enough.” Drinking more water reduces bloating, making one of the benefits of drinking more water an all-around more comfortable, happier you.
Water Reduces Headaches
The glass of water you take with your aspirin when your head is pounding is medicine, too! Roberta Perry, president of Scrubz Body, puts it best when she says “The reason is simple. Your brain needs water, because it is made up of mostly water. If it gets dehydrated, the tissue around it, holding it in place, gets taut and causes the strain that becomes a headache.”
Water Strengthens your Immune System
In fact, water plays a huge part in keeping you healthy.Christina K. Major, holistic nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, explains why your immune system depends on good hydration: “when you are dehydrated, your lymphatic system does not flow freely. This slows down your ability to fight off colds and the flu. Water also thins out the mucus in your nose and digestive system so bacteria and viruses can't enter your system easily.”
Eating Your Water Means Consuming More Minerals
According to founding director of NutriFit and author of Body after Baby:The Simple 30-Day Plan to Lose Your Baby Weight, Jackie Keller, food provides 20% of the water we need. Foods that are comprised mostly of water like cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries and watermelon (to name a few) help us to “consume more minerals, like sodium and potassium, which can help us retain the water that we eat.”
Water Helps You to Lose Weight
One of the most sought after health benefits of water is that it can help to regulate body weight. Ramon Einav, registered dietician at Kitchenbug, explains that, “at times thirst might be confused with hunger, leading to an excess of calorie consumption.” By drinking water before digging in when we feel hungry, we’re able to eliminate those excess calories from our diets. Tracee Gluhaich, a Personal Trainer and Health Coach, recommends adding lemon juice and cayenne to water to help boost the metabolism even further. A perfect aid for getting in shape for spring and summer! All hail water!