The benefits of drinking water for a month don’t stop at the warm and fuzzy feeling you get knowing that you are helping save lives.
Our Water Challenge nutritionist Shelley McKenzie helps us understand more about why drinking water is so good for you below.
Most Australia’s are lucky enough to have access to clean water whenever it is wanted or needed. Yet we often take it for guaranteed or turn a blind eye and quench our thirst with other beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, cordial, juice or alcohol. Some of which can counteract the benefits of water and dehydrate us even further.
H2O is absolutely crucial for one’s health and wellbeing. Up to 60% of the human body is made up of water. Those fluids in your body aid in essential processors such as transporting nutrients, regulating body temperature, maintaining the body’s fluid balance, digesting food and creating of saliva. Yet 80% of Australian adults suffer from chronic dehydration.
Let’s have a look at 5 reasons you may not have known about the importance of drinking water.
We all know water is a
Promotes skin health:
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body and made up of many cells. Like all other cells in the body, skin cells are made up of water. If there is dehydration present the skin may appear duller, dry or flaky with
Enhances exercise performance:
Drinking water throughout exercise is important to replace any fluids lost in sweat. In fact, you should drink an extra
Detoxifies the body:
Who needs expensive detox programs when we can simply pick up a bottle of water and drink more? Our bodies are exposed to unfamiliar toxins every day, some of which are environmental while others include coffee, soft drink, alcohol and more. In order for your body (and more particularly your kidneys) to do their
That energy slump you feel mid-morning or afternoon may be the cause of dehydration. Rather than reaching for the energy drink or coffee, go for the water. Although water is calorie free and doesn’t have energy itself, water is necessary to convert body fat and food into energy. And as I mentioned early your body is made up of 60% water. So, when dehydration is present all functions in your body will slow down. Leaving you reaching for anything in sight to give you a boost of energy.
The amount of water you need is still up for debate and varies dependant on the individual, the amount of daily exercise performed, as well as how many coffees, black tea, or alcoholic beverages are consumed. One of the best ways to check your hydration levels is through your urine
Enjoy the water challenge and remember to stay hydrated!
By Shelley McKenzie.
Nutrition | Naturopath at Freedom Wellness
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