I have to admit that I was a married adult with a child before I truly realized the benefits of drinking water. I would drink it, especially when I would exercise, but it wasn’t something that I really paid attention to. It was actually while we were on vacation, when Nick was 18 months old, that I put two and two together and realized the how important drinking water was for my body.
A huge portion of our body (60% according to WebMD) is made up of water. Our body needs water to function. If necessary it will pull water from wherever it can get it from our bodies. It is up to us to drink water to replenish that water use. If we don’t replenish the water than our bodies will become dehydrated and we will experience side effects from the dehydration. If you keep your hydrated though you’ll prevent these side effects and instead you’ll see the benefits of drinking water.
Benefits of Drinking Water
1. Better Looking Skin
To me this is one of the biggest benefits of drinking water. If I don’t drink enough water my face will quickly break out. By drinking enough water you can also help keep your skin as a whole look better because then it can get enough moisture. Otherwise your skin can become dehydrated which will make it dry and wrinkly. It can also cause your skin to become puffy and bloated. Yeah, not too pretty!
2. Helps your Muscles
Ever been exercising and had your muscles cramp up? Were you drinking water while you were exercising? Believe it or not your muscles need water to work properly. Especially when your trying to really work them! When you’re well hydrated your muscles can work harder and longer. That means they’ll be less likely to cramp up during your workout which in turn can help prevent unnecessary injuries.
3. Keeps You Energized
Did you know that exhaustion can sometimes be a side effect of dehydration? If you’re dehydrated the organs in your body have to work harder which can cause you to feel worn out.
4. Makes You Smarter
OK, so drinking water alone can’t make you smarter. If that was the case there would be no need for teachers, and I would be out of a job! The majority of the brain is made of water, so when it’s well hydrated it gets the full amount of that oxygen it needs so it can work better. This means that it will be better able to retain new information. This is one of the big benefits of drinking water for kids. If you’re child’s teacher lets you send a water bottle to school for their desk do it!
5. Can Relieve Aches and Pains
Many of our aches and pains could be prevented just by drinking enough water every day. I suffer from terrible migraines, and I know that a number of those are caused from dehydration. Plus just like our muscles our joints also need enough water to work right. If you’re having some continuous body aches and pains you might want to try drinking enough water for a few days and see if the pain gets better.
6. Keeps You Healthy
This is one of my favorite benefits of drinking water. I’m sure we’ve all been told while we’re sick to drink fluids. Fluids help wash the bad germs out of our body, but drinking enough water can also help keep those germs from making us sick in the first place. When we drink enough water it allows our kidneys to remove toxins and germs from our bodies. Plus being hydrated helps keeps the membranes in our nose moist which makes it more difficult for airborne germs to settle there. It also allows the white blood cells in our body to move better so they can easily get to where they need to go to fight an intruding disease.
7. Helps You Lose Weight!
I’d say for most people this is their top favorite benefits of drinking water. Now water itself won’t cause your weight loss, but it can be an aide in your weight loss journey. One way it can help is when you choose to drink water over a sugary drink. You’ll save yourself a large intake of useless calories with that simple choice. Also, our bodies can get confused and give off hunger signals when we’re actually thirsty. If you’re drinking enough water this won’t happen which will keep you from reaching for a snack when what your body is truly craving is water. Plus, drinking a lot of water can help fill up your stomach to keep you from feeling hungry. As an added bonus when you drink enough water you’ll stop your body from retaining water which can increase your weight.
So there you have it. Seven amazing benefits of drinking water. I must say that putting this post together had me reaching for another glass of water, and I knew the benefits of drinking water! Of course knowing the benefits of drinking water doesn’t mean that drinking it is always easy. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Be sure to check out my post on how to make flavored water. Plus it contains a printable to help you track your water intake!