I cannot remember a time when I was not told to drink water. Water is that flavorless thirst quencher that some love to hate. There are a multitude of other beverages that I would rather drink. Juice, pop, lemonade, or tea, and they taste so much better.
Why should we drink water? That is the real question, and the answers will vary depending on who you ask. Here I hope to answer it for you.
Some will tell you to drink anywhere between 64 ounces to half your body weight of water. Before you say that’s too much, take into consideration that our bodies are made up of 60 percent water. It makes sense that we would need to drink at least the 64 ounces to keep things running smoothly.
This brings me to my next point. As the Mayo Clinic explains, your body loses water every day as you sweat, go to the bathroom, and breathe, and it all needs to be replaced. If we choose not to replace it, we run the risk of dehydration. This doesn’t seem too bad, until you start to experience a headache, dry mouth, and dark urine. Then there is the extreme end where you can experience rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, confusion, and lightheadedness.
Water also helps to transport oxygen and glucose through your body so you can think clearly and have more energy throughout the day. It also acts as a lubricant for your joints and muscles; think about that next time when you’re stiff.
For those trying to diet, drinking water also can help you lose weight. How is that you ask? Drinking a glass of water before a meal will make you feel full, therefore stopping you from overeating. Also, because water doesn’t have any calories, you can drink as much as you like without the empty calories.
Last, but certainly not least, the more you drink it, the more you’ll want it. Subsequently, the less you will crave the other beverages that you preferred before water.
Now that you know why they tell you to drink water, I hope that you will make a decision to choose water first.