Let’s talk about good ‘ol H20 for a minute. Beauty magazines, the fitness industry, and doctors alike will tell you to drink your water. Actresses claim anti-aging secrets of drinking liters of water per day. But should water actually hold that much importance in your life? My answer to you is, yes! And here’s why:
For Your Health
Water lubricates your joints, protects your spinal cord as well as other tissues. When you drink water, you are keeping your joints lubricated which in turn helps to flush out the potential build of acid waste like uric acid. Uric acid is what causes inflammation and pain in the joints (waterbenefitshealth.com)
Water gets rid of wastes (more specifically- helps with bowel movement regularity). Why are people not talking more about this?! Regularity is the best thing ever! I feel like this is something one can appreciate as you get older and/or if you’re a mom. For one, I sing praises when my kid has a regular bowel movement daily. Do you know what this means for us as moms? We don’t have to worry about making a trip to the doctor from two days of NO BM… aka constipation. For pregnant and post-partum mamas, I think I speak for us all when I say how exciting it is to have a BM and feel “regular.” As you get older, hemorrhoids, constipation… these words ring more true because things don’t work as quickly in the metabolism as they used to. DRINK YOUR WATER people! Your body will thank you. Let’s keep those BMs flowing smoothly and make everyone’s day a little nicer.
Water is essential for fitness. Water keeps you hydrated, which in turn keeps you from getting dehydrated… something that is important when you’re working out. Think of drinking water as a river that is flowing through your veins. When there is water flowing through the river, it is carrying nutrients to the body. Your body needs these nutrients in order to perform at its peak in fitness and in other areas of daily life (Bodybuilding.com)
For Your Wellness
Water aids in recovery. I would refer back to my analogy of drinking water is like a river flowing through your veins. When you drink water, you are helping the body get the nutrients it needs to repair worked muscles and flush out toxins from your body. (Bodybuilding.com)
When your body isn’t getting enough water, you can harm your recovery and fitness performance. This is because water depletion of the cells means that protein breakdown occurs in the muscle—thus less muscle being built.
Water is good for your skin. Who doesn’t want that J Lo glow? Drinking water has so many benefits for your skin—one of which being a healthy glow. When we talk about water flushing out toxins from the body, this applies to more than just muscle repair and bowel movements—it applies to the skin as well. Results will include improved skin complexion, reduction in skin flare ups that you may experience such as psoriasis and eczema. I personally find that my lips are less chapped, and my face feels more dewy.
Beyond that J Lo glow, drinking enough water helps to improve skin tone, reduce and help prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces dullness in the skin’s appearance.
Water directly supports breastfeeding and milk supply. Staying hydrated is sooo important for milk production. It is THEE best way to keep up your supply. Besides that, I always felt an insatiable thirst while breastfeeding—like I ran a marathon in the middle of Florida’s summer heat! Anybody else feel like that?
Ladies, it is important to take care of yourselves especially during this time, so do yourself a favor and always have a water bottle by your side. Tip: To include your partner in the newborn phase, let him know that one way he can help you during this time is to always keep your water bottle full. It’s a great way for him to feel like he is contributing during this time where baby’s needs are primarily met through you, and you’ll be extra grateful for his support.
Water is an energy booster! Drinking water is an energy booster! Yes, you heard that right. Water is considered a main source of energy for the body, and can reduce feelings of fatigue when properly hydrated. (waterbenefitshealth.com) I have personally found that when I drink water throughout my day, especially in the afternoon hours, I avoid that 2:00 afternoon slump.
It aids your metabolism. Drinking cold water first thing in the morning helps to kick start your metabolism. This is because your body has to work harder to heat up to body temperature…aka you’re burning calories much sooner than if you grab a cup of coffee first thing upon waking.
I have a challenge for you: Try to make it a habit of drinking 16 oz. of cold or warm water upon waking every morning. I promise you it is one of the greatest things. Drinking water upon waking gets hydrates your cells that have been in a resting state for 8+ hours. WAKE THEM UP!
TIP: I always find that having a cool looking water bottle makes it more fun to get my water intake in. Just me? Whatever works! Here are a couple of my favorites.
How much H20 should you be drinking? Some might say to drink 2.7 liters per day for women and 3.7 for men. Others might tell you to drink your body weight in water in ounces. I personally aim to drink my body weight in water every day. I am an active person, and workout daily, so I feel I need more. For example, I’ll drink 96 oz of water, and then get the rest of my water spruces through foods (fruits and veggies), and via 1-2 cups of coffee per day.
This number will vary depending on your activity level. If you are looking for a good place to start, try drinking at least 8-10 cups of water per day. See how you feel. Add more if necessary.
I hope this post convinced you to either up your water intake or motivated you to keep doing what you’re doing if you’re already on the H20 train!
Have questions or thoughts? Post in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.