Water: The Fountain of Youth and Why You Should Be Drinking More of It

Water can help you look, feel, and become healthier in every way

Water can help you look, feel and become healthier in every way.
Water can help you look, feel and become healthier in every way.

Did you know that most people walk around mildly dehydrated throughout the day? In general, we don’t drink as much water as our bodies require. If the human body doesn’t get enough water to meet its needs, the body’s fluid levels get out of balance and cause dehydration, a deficit in the body’s amount of total water.

Recommended Adult Water Intake

The general recommendation for adult water intake is to drink your body weight in ounces of water daily.

For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need at least 150 ounces of water daily, which is the equivalent of 18.75 8-oz cups of water a day, or 1.17 gallons of water a day. 

If you’re very active during the day, your body will need even more water. 

Water makes up more than two thirds of our body weight, and it gives our bodies the fluids necessary for our cells and organs to function properly, transporting carbohydrates, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen to our cells.

Dehydration Effects

Dehydration can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on how much of the body’s fluids have been depleted. 

Severe dehydration is a life threatening condition that’s especially dangerous for elderly people and people with chronic illnesses.

Causes of dehydration include not drinking enough water, conditions like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, pain, excessive urination from uncontrolled diabetes or diuretics, and excessive amounts of exercise.

The common signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, irritability and confusion, very dry mouth or skin membranes, lack of sweating, little to no urinary output or dark colored urine, sunken eyes, shriveled dry skin, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and fever. 

Treating Dehydration

Healthy adults can typically treat mild to moderate dehydration by simply drinking more liquids.

If the signs and symptoms of severe dehydration develop, you should see a doctor immediately because dehydration can be extremely dangerous. These danger signs include including extreme thirst, lack of urination for 8 hours, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion.

Weight Loss and the Importance of Water

When it comes to weight loss, people tend to disregard the crucial role that water and adequate hydration play in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Drinking water before eating a meal is a great way to help you feel full and stop eating sooner. As a result, fewer calories are consumed so you will ultimately lose weight if you continually drink water before your eat. 

Drinking water between meals also helps you stay full for longer and can increase your feeling of satiation between meals. Since water doesn’t have any calories, it’s an excellent alternative drink to popular sugary beverages.  

As your body gets healthier and your start losing weight, your body will release the toxins, chemicals, and contaminants that were stored in the layers of your fat cells. These toxins are suddenly released into your bloodstream and can cause serious harm to your body. Often times, they can make you feel sick as if you have the flu.

It’s extremely important that you drink enough water to ensure adequate hydration, which will help flush out these contaminants and keep your body working well throughout the day. As your body burns up more and more of its fat deposits, the contaminants keep getting released into the bloodstream so it’s crucial to keep drinking a lot of water when you’re trying to lose weight.

It’s very common for people to over eat because they think they’re hungry when they’re really just thirsty and dehydrated. This is another reason why it’s a great idea to always drink water before your meals to make sure your body isn’t craving water while you’re giving it something else.


Misconception: Water Intake and Bloating

Some people try to skimp on their water intake because they think they will appear less bloated. This is a terrible misconception because the exact opposite end result will occur. If you don’t drink enough water on a daily basis, your body craves the water badly and is not sure when it will be given water again. Out of self-preservation, your body will start to retain more of its own fluids and bloats to keep the existing water on reserve since it doesn’t know when it will get fresh water again.

Skimping on water intake will only make you look more bloated. Alcoholic drinks are not good sources of water because alcohol makes the body get rid of water as they are diuretics. 

Benefits of Proper Water Intake

People also tend to avoid drinking water because they don’t see the positive effects of drinking it right away. But over time, the dividends are huge. Proper water intake can help your body in countless ways. 

  • Water works as a lubricant, making up the fluids around our muscles and joints. Our muscles consist of roughly 70 to 75 percent water, so it’s very important to have the right water balance for optimum muscle function. Adequate hydration can also help relieve muscle and joint pain. 
  • Water helps the digestive tract by aiding in digestion, absorption of nutrients, dissolving nutrients so they can be delivered to the cells, and helping relieve constipation.   
  • Water helps supply the brain with the fresh oxygenated blood that it needs to stay alert. Mild dehydration of just a 1 to 2 percent loss in body weight due to water loss can impair the brain’s ability to concentrate, and water loss of more than 2 percent body weight can affect the brain’s processing capabilities and impair short term memory. 
  • Water helps the heart function because proper water balance is needed to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Dehydration can increase one’s heart rate and decrease blood pressure. 
  • Water helps soften your skin, make you look younger by improving your skin’s elasticity and coloring, improve skin clarity, and help prevent skin infections or allergy-related skin issues. 
  • Water is crucial for proper kidney function and helps your kidneys remove waste products and excess nutrients by producing urine. Kidneys regulate your body’s water levels by controlling urinary flow, and they control the body’s levels of electrolytes including sodium. The kidneys filter the water in the body, most of which must be reabsorbed to prevent dehydration, and flush out toxins from the body. 
  • Water helps regulate body temperature, called thermoregulation. It helps prevent the body from overheating by sweating to dispel excess heat. 
  • Water can improve your sex life by increasing your sex drive, sexual endurance, cognitive focus, and energy levels.
  • Water is one of your best tools when you’re fighting the battle of weight loss.

If you make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body, you will reap tremendous health benefits.  A great tip to help you drink more water is to cut up some fruit and soak it in a pitcher of water in the fridge overnight. When you wake up, you’ll have a tasty, all-natural flavored pitcher of water to hydrate yourself with all day long. 

Adequate hydration is the key to looking good and feeling young both inside and out.  It’s the fountain of youth and the secret to good health. 


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