Why is Water So Important to Drink?
Everyone has heard the phrase “drink more water” at least 100 times in their life, but really, what is the importance of drinking water specifically? What makes it different than say Gatorade or water sweetened by energy drops, or anything of that type? Let’s find out!
First of all, water is naturally pure and clean, free of chemicals and toxins that your body absolutely does not need. That means that the more water you drink, the more your body is able to clean itself out and get rid of the toxins that are already present. You’ll notice when people are purposely trying to detox that water is a big part of that process. It’s not just a diet, low calorie soda—it’s the life of your body and it’s helping you get healthier faster.
Secondly, if you were stranded without water, you’d end up in pretty severe circumstances very quickly. Why? Water is necessary not just to keep your mouth moist and soothe your thirst, but it keeps your body hydrated from the inside out. People who suffer from chapped lips a lot will notice this decreases when they start drinking more water. Their body is not producing enough moisture to keep their lips soft and supple and they try to substitute chapstick, when they should have a glass of the healthiest stuff on earth. If you don’t keep your body hydrated in a healthy way, you’re going to start having internal problems that can all be prevented.
Now, some of us keep jars of water on our desk to remind us to drink more. Others carry a bottle of water with them all the time, but may drink other things. Some of us can’t get up in the morning or go to bed at night until we’ve had a drink of water—it all depends on your current state of hydration.
Here’s a great way to use water in your daily diet and avoid a monster thirst:
The first thing you drink when you wake up should be a glass of water. Ideally, they recommend eating a healthy dose of protein within 30 minutes of waking up in order to kick start your metabolism. Before that time, you should already have consumed some water. Remember, ice water helps you burn more calories too, because your body requires more energy to warm it up to body temperature! Great tip, right?
Next, a half hour before each meal, drink at least an 8-oz. glass of water. You will end up eating less and feeling full sooner, which will keep you from overeating those unnecessary calories and fat grams. Instead of a soda during the day between meals, grab a glass of water. You’ll not only skip the sugar crash later on, but you’ll have better focus and more energy. If you drink this while you take a brisk walk, then it’s all the better!
Before you go to bed at night, don’t have caffeine or anything with sugary syrup. It’s only going to make you thirstier and you’ll end up waking up in the middle of the night because your mouth is parched. Instead, have a sip of ice water and give your body a shot of something healthy to use while you’re sleeping. Your body is healing itself while you sleep, so shouldn’t it have the best tools to do that with?
You work too hard to get healthy to shoot those efforts down with a sugary drink that is only contradicting your results. Water is your best friend, whether it’s in the middle of a hot summer or a cold winter. The more you drink it, the more you’ll crave it and you’ll get rid of those sugary drink cravings before you know it!