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There are many reasons why drinking water is good for you. Many people don’t drink enough water. Worse, some folks drink caffeinated drinks all day or drinks filled with the evil High Fructose Corn Syrup. I know because I used to be one of those people.
Hello, My Name is Penny and I am a Former Sodaholic
I lived on diet sodas as well as root beer and grape soda. My hangover cure was orange soda. This began at age 18 and continued into my 40’s.
Growing up, soda was a treat not had very often. I mostly drank iced tea and rarely drank water. Afterall, in the 70’s and 80’s, people weren’t talking about the benefits of drinking water.
It wasn’t until I went down a vegan path that I got on board with the water thing. Although I went back and forth for a long time, I was finally able to break the habit and drink mostly water.
Why Drinking Water is Good for You
Water keeps you hydrated.
Hydration keeps you alive. Your body needs water to survive. Dehydration can cause headaches, brain fog, fatigue, and listlessness. Severe dehydration can actually cause life-threatening conditions.
Water keeps your kidneys happy.
Your kidneys are like your own, personal filtration system. They are so crucial to your health that you’re born with two! Your kidneys regulate the fluids in your body. Too little water can cause kidney stones, among other ailments.
Water Helps Regulate Your Body Temperature.
It’s true! I learned this first hand the first time I did a water fast. I did it during the summer and hot, hot, hot! What I noticed was the more water I drank, the cooler I was. I’ve noticed it many times over the years. Literally, water is like a little internal air conditioner!
Water Makes it Easier to do the Poopsies.
Ya, I said it. Water helps ya in the poop department. TMI! I don’t like talking about the poop. Suffice it to say, the more water you drink, the easier you’ll be able to get the body waste out.
Water Makes up 60% of Your Body (and 90% of Your Blood!)
That one is pretty self-explanatory. You need your body and you really need your blood. I’ve heard stories about people so dehydrated the hospital couldn’t do a blood draw. Who wants their insides to be like sludge?
Water Protects Your Brain.
It’s like a little pillow for your brain, allowing it to float casually in your head. It protects it from harm and, take it from someone who had a brain injury, you really want to protect your brain!
Water Helps to Prevent Headaches.
I know this one well! Water is crucial for anyone who suffers from headaches. I had my first migraine at age 8. At age 13, I was at Stanford University being poked and prodded by neurologists and pediatric physicians who couldn’t believe a child my age had migraines.
When I feel a headache starting (there are many different types) I have a big glass of water. I continue drinking water for the rest of the day. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Water is my first step in migraine management.
Water is Exercise’s Best Friend.
How? That’s easy! The more you drink before and during a workout, the better you’ll perform and that will make you happy. Plus, drinking a lot of water makes you have to pee…a lot. So you’ll get extra exercise going to and from the bathroom!
There are Many, Many More Reasons Why Drinking Water is Good For You
- If you partake in a caffeinated beverage, drink the same amount of water. It helps clear the caffeine out of your body.
- Are you out having tasty adult beverages with friends? Drink one glass of water for every drink you have. Your hangover will thank you.
- Water makes up 60% of the cartridge in your body, which in turn cushions your joints.
- When you drink a lot of water, your skin glows and you break out less (in my experience at least!)
Let’s Face It, Water is Boring.
It tastes like nothing (or nasty, depending on where you live.) It’s clear and uninteresting to look at.
If you can’t stand the taste of water, try adding fruit. Berries and citrus work well, as do cucumbers. Drink herbal, caffeine-free tea. I drink a lot of that.
Try adding sparkling water to the mix, but stay away from those that have added sodium and sugar. You can even add a bit of powdered flavoring. There are a number of products on the market to spruce up your water.
How much water should you drink?
I shoot for half my body weight in ounces. That seems to be pretty close to the average response to that question I’ve found on the interwebs. There are apps that can help you track it, or you can have a dedicated water container which you drink X-number of a day.
I use an app called Water Tracker Daily Hydration Balance. It includes a reminder and an intake counter log monitor…and confetti. I downloaded it from the App Store (I don’t know if it’s in Google Play or not.)
It’s a simple app, which lets me type in how many ounces I drink and throws confetti and applauds to celebrate each entry. The closer I get to my goal, the more confetti and applause I get. It can set my water goal and will tell me how close I am and how far I have left to go to hit my daily goal. What could be more motivating than an app cheering you on…with confetti?
These are just some of the reasons drinking water is good for you. There are many more. So, suck it up and go drink your water!