When you reach for a cold glass of water on a hot day, you’re not only quenching your thirst — you’re also taking care of your health.
Water is needed for every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Not drinking enough water can keep you from feeling your best. The guidance on exactly how much water we should drink each day has ebbed and flowed over the past few years. But the fact remains clear — adequate water consumption is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Here are five reasons to drink more water today and every day.
Increases energy levels and brain function
Need more energy? Try drinking more water! Just like every other organ in your body, your brain relies on water to keep its cells healthy and balance important chemical processes. Dehydration can result in fatigue, lack of focus, and a feeling of sluggishness. For some, not drinking enough water can even result in irksome headaches. Do your brain a favor and drink up!
Reduces impact on your joints and bones
Water is an essential component of the lubrication system for your joints and helps reduce impact and pain in your joints, back, and other parts of your body. As you age, you may notice that joint pain and arthritis become worse when you’re dehydrated. Drinking an adequate amount of water cannot only give you the energy to keep moving, it can help your body stay ready for whatever lies ahead.
Promotes healthy digestion
Water helps your digestive system break your food down and absorb nutrients. Making sure you have adequate water intake can keep your bowels moving efficiently. If your body senses that you’re dehydrated, your large intestine will draw more water from your (ahem) food waste as it moves through your system, causing uncomfortable constipation.
Helps flush waste
The more water you have in your body, the easier it is for your kidneys to do their job, ie, get rid of waste through your urine. This is especially important if you are on a medication that acts as diuretic. You know that you’re drinking enough water when your urine is light yellow or colorless (dark yellow is a sign of dehydration). Low water intake can make you more prone to painful urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
Aids in weight loss
It’s easy to confuse hunger and thirst. Oftentimes, we reach for a snack when what our body is really craving is a glass of water. While overhydration should never be used to try to suppress your appetite, drinking a glass of water before eating a meal or snack can help your body adequately determine when you’ve consumed enough calories to meet your energy needs. Water can also help boost your metabolism. This allows your body to use the calories you consume for energy, rather than storing them as fat.
At Wolverine Water, we want you to reap the health benefits of drinking enough water each day. We also want you to have confidence that the water coming out of your tap is pure and clean. Get one step closer to understanding exactly what’s in your tap water by scheduling your free water test today.