Water. Everyone drinks it. Everyone already knows about it. It comprises approximately 71% of the earth’s surface and roughly 60% of the human body. It’s everywhere. And although we are constantly told to drink water, why must we? What are the health benefits of drinking this clear, tasteless liquid? Well, there are quite a few.
It can prevent aching muscles and joints
If you are suffering from chronic muscle ache and soreness, then you just might have to drink more water. It may seem obvious, but water is a source of lubricant, and thus it lubricates the joints. Scientific studies have found that there is, in fact, a direct correlation between dehydration and joint pain.
It can help prevent headaches
Thought that water only prevented aching muscles and joints? Think again. Apparently, according to scientific studies, being dehydrated can cause headaches. Once you get some water in your system, that headache should be as good as gone.
It can help you lose weight
For any of you out there looking to lose some weight, you should certainly consider drinking more water. According to reports, two separate studies found that simply drinking half a liter of water can result in a 24-30% increase in metabolism. What that means is you can expend more calories per day. This ultimately helps in losing weight.
It helps improve your physical performance
When most people work out, either at the gym or at home, they tend to bring a bottle of Gatorade, Powerade or some other kind of electrolyte-heavy drink. While these drinks are fine, water is going to be your best choice. More specifically, during high intensity training, you will want to drink as much water as possible in order to prevent dehydration. Because we can lose so much of our body’s water through sweat, we can suffer from headaches, lack of motivation and fatigue. By staying hydrated, you can prevent this and make your workout that much easier on yourself.
It might seem obvious that water is important to us, but there are several people in the world that do not drink nearly as much water as they should. In a world dominated by sugary sodas and caffeinated energy drinks, it is important to remember that water is your absolute best option for a drink.
Stay safe and stay hydrated!