The Importance of Drinking Enough Water

(Image Credit: Eugenio Marongiu)

(Image Credit: Eugenio Marongiu)

In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula’s dad swears that Windex is the answer to all life’s skin ails from zits to neck tumors. The way Gus Portokalos feels about Windex is how I feel about water. The only difference is I have facts on my side. Water really is the cure for everything!

Basic science tells us that the human body is up to 60 percent water. Because our body does not come equipped with automatic vacuums to suck all the water from our surroundings as we passively live on, drinking water needs to be an active choice to keep functioning healthily. It helps cells grow. It keeps joints functioning smoothly. Water even helps keep the overall body temperature controlled.

If the little things water does are not convincing enough, wait until you hear the big stuff. Water can help get rid of headaches. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. Instead of reaching for the pain killers next time, try drinking water first. Not having enough water can also take a toll on your body’s energy. Staying fully hydrated might mean more trips to the bathroom, but if it also means more pep in the step, it is worth it in my book.

Water can also improve a person’s external features. Both hair and skin benefit from drinking water. Because water is a source of energy for cells, like the ones that grow your hair, keeping hydrated gives them power. If you have less power, your body will want to use what it has for basic running essentials over cosmetic values first. For skin, drinking enough water helps flush toxins out. It also helps the skin stay youthful and smooth looking.

Lastly, water can also help with weight loss. A glass or two of cold water in the morning can jump start the metabolism. Drinking water along with a meal, or prior to it, often helps prevent overeating. Also sometimes when the body thinks it is hungry, it is really just thirsty. So if you have a munchie problem, test out hydration first.

For the people that really say they do not like drinking water, my advice is to trick yourself. Try infusing fruit into your water. Cucumber water not only tastes delicious, it also gives your skin an extra glow. Also try different combinations of berries. My favorite things to spruce up my water are strawberries and mint leaves.

The other thing to try is just plain putting the big kid pants on and doing it. After you get into the habit, the days of not constantly downing water like Benjamin Dilley’s thirsty camel will be a distant memory. To get myself in the habit I bought a fancy water bottle with a flip straw up top. I do not use my hands at all. I just keep the straw up and the bottle next to me on my desk. It is amazing how much I will find myself drinking just because the water is available. Whatever needs to be done to get into the flow of things, chop-chop, because your body will thank you.

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