We’ve all heard it: drinking water is important for our wellbeing. While that should be motivation enough, most people struggle with drinking the daily-recommended amount of water. No matter the excuse, more people are opting for a high-caffeine, high-sugar liquid over the purest, healthiest beverage. We love water – in fact, every one of the Pure21 coaches can be caught carrying around a water bottle at any time, on any day. To show why we love water, we’ve gathered together our top 10 reasons why we strive to drink a gallon or more of water every day. Let’s start with the one that will (most likely) excite you the most:
Water is crucial to weight loss success. With zero calories or sweeteners, water will help suppress your appetite between meals and boost your metabolism for your next meal (win/win in our book). Consider drinking ice-cold water to really rev up its weight loss power.
Water is the perfect pick-me-up, morning, noon and night. Since our blood is more than 90% water, when we’re dehydrated, our energy plummets. When you don’t drink enough water, your blood is less effective in carrying oxygen throughout the body. And, the less oxygen present, the less energy your body has to complete basic tasks. We love a “sip-me-up” first thing in the morning and between lunch and dinner.
Your bowels need water to function properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. Chronic dehydration increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers. Keep sipping – it’s the easiest way to keep the digestive system moving smoothly.
One of our favorite water benefits is its impact on our workouts. Water is crucial for your success in any strenuous activity. Drink up in the hours leading up to your session as water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body.
Plus, it hydrates the muscles to prevent cramping. Our clients have seen (and felt) the physical difference.
We always want to put our best self forward. But when our skin is dehydrated, it’s more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling. Your body craves the water o keep your skin healthy as it delivers vital nutrients to skin cells. Drink up, cutie.
Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, is approximately 80% water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain. Skip the over-the-counter medicine and sip instead.
We mean it when we said dehydration affects every organ in the body. And, dehydration can even negatively affect brain structure and function. Water is involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. So, the longer you stay dehydrated, the more problems you’ll notice with your thinking and reasoning skills. Be smart – drink water!
When we’re under stress, our organs need more water to function at a higher level and, interestingly, when the body isn’t given enough water, it goes into a state of stress and increases Cortisol production. Studies show that being just a half a liter dehydrated can increase the body’s Cortisol levels. And, the higher your Cortisol levels, the harder it is for you to lose weight. You’re already under enough stress on a day-to-day basis, support your organs to combat what you can.
Drinking plenty of water helps fight against everyday illnesses like the flu and even more severe ailments like heart attacks. When you take in enough water, you give the body what it needs to function at its best. It will more easily get rid of impurities, perform basic bodily tasks, help send waste through sweat and urination, all while reducing risks of kidney stones and UTI’s. Stay well and sip often.
Last, but certainly not lease, we recommend staying hydrated to manage all types of headaches. For example, water helps fight fatigue that can lead to tension headaches. Keep up with your water intake to help prevent headaches from starting in the first place. Even though the quick rush from coffee or a cookie can immediately help eliminate a headache, it creates a vicious cycle of dependency and erratic energy.
Keep a jug of water with you at all times. Then let us know – what is your favorite hydration benefit?