Monday, February 1, 2016

Health benefits of Water

A lot of people tend to forget about that one element that embodies who we are and all life on this planet: water. I know it sounds funny to think, but there are a lot of people out there who are dehydrated and will drink Gatorade, lemonade, or any other beverage before a glass of water. Sure, those other beverages contain water, but they also contain other things that will keep one thirsty. In order for one to stay properly hydrated, one must drink 8 glasses of water a day; to some that may sound like a lot but its not when you think about the 32oz soda, 1 liter bottle, or 12 oz can of soda you drink. Those beverages could be replaced with water, less calories, and an over all better appearance. So what can water do for you? I'll show you a few things water can help with.

Skin- A lot of people who neglect to drink water usually have dry skin. Our bodies, a year after birth is 65% water which is a 10% drop from when we were born. As we get older the number begins to change;  60% water (for men) and 55% (for women)  so when we fail to drink it, the first thing you'll notice is a constant need to put on lotion or buy high end moisturizing products. Instead of spending a ton of money on product you don't need, remember a case of water is no more than $5. At Sam's Club, they have bottled water, 40 in a case for under $4. If not there, every store sales water at a decent price. Get water. The moisture your high end product claims to lock in, drinking water does the same thing by using moisturizer, which creates a physical barrier by keeping moisture in. 

BM- Short for Bowel movement. =) Yes, people who drink less water have a tendency to be constipated all the time. Water helps to break down food and keep you metabolism flowing smoothly. When you don't get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stool to maintain hydration which results in constipation. If for some reason you can't drink water through out the day, fruits and vegetables like Watermelon, strawberries and etc are foods that contain high amounts of water and can help with one containing water, not to mention, fruits and veggies are high in fiber and also help with BM problems.

Calorie control- Have you ever finished a meal and say to yourself, "I'm still hungry!" It's either one or two things: you're  under calorie count or you have not drank enough water.  Drinking anything with ones meal can control how much you eat, a glass of water has no calories and you can drink as much as you want until you feel full. Drinking half a liter of water  increases metabolism by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours. Drinking 2 liters of water every day can increase ones energy expenditure up to 96 calories a day.

Hangover- I'm sure everyone knows this by now but for those who don't know, water is your best friend after every alcoholic drink. Usually for every drink you have, it should be accompanied by a glass of water.  Alcohol dehydrates you and sucks you dry; water restores that instantly and prevents that pounding feeling in ones head the next morning. My experience showed me water kind of slows you down from taking that next shot or beer; because water makes you full. The chances of you wanting to keep drinking and pissing all night is slim; unless your okay with that. Just remember, if not after every drink, at some point during the night, have a glass or two and a huge glass before you call it a night.

Muscle fuel- Besides protein drinks, water helps fuel the muscles as well. When we sweat, it causes the muscles to lose water; when we don't have enough water our muscles get tired allowing us to do less reps.If you're trying to get that extra rep in and seem to fall short everyday, make sure you're getting in adequate amount of water.

Kidneys- As a guy, the image of trying to pass a STONE through my urethra sounds painful; if you're lucky it might be only one, if you're really lucky, it might be a really small one, something not dreadful, however if you just drink water, it allows the kidneys to do its job and clear away what the body doesn't need. The same rule applies for women but I know us guys can be stubborn at times. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Water is your friend. Save your luck for something else.

Pain prevention- Muscle cramps, aching joints, and strains can occur if the body is dehydrated. Some of us only drink a glass or two a day, which yeah you're drinking water but not enough. Avoid the unnecessary and doctor trips.

Improves mood- Drinking water can make us feel refreshed and improve our mood and state of mind. Mild dehydration is something that most suffer from and can lead to other complications. If one were to combine proper hydration with a healthy diet and exercise, drugs from pharmacies might not be in demand.

Living near water- This doesn't have to do much with us ingesting it but it still deals with the inner part of our body. A few studies have shown that people who live near the coast are more prevalent to good health. The studies aren't sure if its because of the sea air, greenery, or a few more chances to soak up some sunlight but whatever its is, spending time near the water makes us healthier. When you have a moment, take a trip to the beach, listen to the waves crash against the rocks and let the cool mist combined with the warm breeze hit your face. You owe it to yourself.

Swimming- I'm sure by now everyone knows that swimming is the best exercise for you. Swimming works out the whole body and I think I've mentioned before in another post, burns about 500 calories. If you've joined a gym, have a pool, or your local YMCA has a pool, take advantage of swimming.

Water all around can improve our well being, from the mind, physical, and spiritual. Some believe water is were man started so its only natural for us to corrode, deteriorate when water is lacking in our lives. For some people, they feel we're all going to die anyway so what's the point with all the healthy talk. Of course we are going to die but being healthy, kind to yourself is about living life to the fullest and not suffering in agonizing pain. For some, they can lead what others might see as an unhealthy life and that's fine if you lead that life and are not suffering, if anything you're blessed; however not everyone has that luck and if you don't, it's time to look at what changes you can make in order to make this experience we call life, fulfilling. Take notice of your health, even the slightest pains that show up every blue moon could be a sign of something bigger a head; don't ignore it. Hope this list was somewhat informational and if you have any questions or opinions you would like to add, please feel free to leave a comment, also check out my other writes, a lot of them are random but this blog is called "No Title" so any topic can come up. Peace and one love. 

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