Proper hydration is the key to helping the body function at its highest potential. It is important for our health that we keep ourselves properly hydrated. We can go a long time without food but we cannot exist without water. Thirst is the body’s call for rehydration.
But what exactly does water do for our bodies and what are the benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day?
Just 16 oz of water will boost the metabolic rate by as much as 30% for the next 30 to 40 minutes. If you drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water daily you may see a decrease in your weight. Drinking water increases the activation of the enzyme lipase, which aids in weight loss.
Proper water consumption can also help keep cells healthy and well functioning. This is especially important when we are sick. Healthy cells help us to get well and feel better faster. Propper consumption of water daily aids in the disbursement of nutrients by helping the body to transport nutrients throughout the body.
Keeping our bodies hydrated increases endurance and performance when exercising. This helps maximize our personal peak performance. Water also helps with the transportation of oxygen and glucose throughout our bodies; increasing energy during exercise, hydrating and lubricating joints and muscles and helps prevent cramping.
Keeping your body properly hydrated can eliminate the retention of excess fluid around the eyes or under-eye puffiness. Water can improve the appearance of your skin, you may notice a decrease in acne and a healthy glow. Water also helps the skin regulate the body temperature by sweating.
In our busy everyday lives many of the foods we consume are filled with additives, preservatives and some foods are just unhealthy. Drinking water helps flush toxins and waste from our bodies by helping the kidneys do their job and aiding in elimination. As your body eliminates the toxins you may even experience and increase in energy. You may sleep better at night and awake more refreshed and in a better mood.
Proper water consumption can also improve digestion by aiding the body’s ability to break down the foods we eat reducing discomfort and other digestive issues such as constipation, indigestion and acid reflux.
Another benefit of drinking a gallon of water a day is it may help to aid in weight loss by causing you to eat and snack less. Drinking water causes you to feel full so you eat less and you don’t snack on things that your body does not need. Water can also help replace unhealthy drinks such as sodas, sugary juices, drinks and coffee.
Drinking water may also give you softer shiny your hair and stronger nails and cuticles. The elimination of toxins from your body may make your breath appear fresher and your gums healthier.
Some studies say an increase in water consumption may help prevent headaches it may also reduce the risk of some cancers such as colon bladder and may reduce breast cancer risk.
Water is a pivotal tool in our lives to help keep us healthy, energized, to regulate our bodies and keep them functioning as they should to keep us healthy and well.
Water is our body’s lifeline. Drink up!