We use it every day. It’s available at the turn of a tap and, chances are, your local shop is fully stocked with the bottled kind. So, why do we still struggle to drink the recommend eight glasses of water per day?
A recent study by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution found that 89% of Brits aren’t drinking enough of the clear stuff to maintain healthy levels of hydration, a shocking stat when we consider how easily we can get our hands on it!
The human body is actually made up of 60% water so not staying hydrated could mess with your body’s fluid balance, as well as cause a number of health issues – not cool.
Yes, it’s not the most exciting beverage but don’t underestimate the power of good old H2O. Instead, have a read of why water is important and our top 7 reasons why we need water, and why you should be drinking more of it!
1) It maintains your body fluid balance
So, as we said, our body is 60% water – crazy, right? In order to keep our bodies working correctly, we need to maintain this 60%. Think about it – we sweat, we pee, we lose fluid from our body all day, every day so staying hydrated is the only way to make sure we maintain the correct body fluid balance and, in turn, maintain a healthy, functioning body.
2) It helps with calorie control
Cutting down your calories? Well, filling up on water could help control your calorie intake. Our bodies often confuse hunger with thirst so have a drink before turning to a snack and see if that satisfies you. But, if you’re hungry, eat. Never, ever replace water with a proper balanced diet because, well, food = love.
3) It maintains proper kidney function
Fun fact: your kidneys process 200 quarts of blood every, single day. And, to do this, they need fluid. So, be sure to knock back your eight glass of water and your kidneys will thank you for it.
4) It fights off fatigue
Feeling sleepy? A cold glass of H2O should do the trick. Most of us turn to our good friend caffeine when we’re feeling tired but, really, water should be your first port of call. One of the main reasons behind fatigue is dehydration so if you’re not drinking enough water, you’ll probably feel tired so combat this by keeping that water bottle topped up.
5) It flushes toxins out of the body
Consistently drinking water throughout the day will help keep your body functioning as it should and will also help flush out any toxins that could lead to illnesses or viruses. Staying hydrated is essential to a healthy immune system so if you’re keen to avoid any sick days, keep sipping.
6) It prevents cramps and injury
Always struck by cramp during your cardio sesh? Or perhaps you’re prone to injury? Well, keeping on top of your water intake will ensure your joints are lubricated and will make your muscles more elastic, allowing you to workout without increased risk of injury.
7) It's free
Sounds stupid but, think about it – that daily latte on your commute to work, that expensive can of energy drink before your gym session, it all adds up! Why not turn on the tap and fill up on water? It’s free from calories, free from added sugar and, well, it’s free!
So, if you haven’t already poured yourself a glass of the good stuff, now’s the time. And don’t stop there! Stay hydrated throughout the day and you’re sure to reap the benefits.
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