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Health Benefits of Drinking Lots of Water 

Written by:
George Simms
Plumber & Contractor

Staying hydrated is critical for mental and physical health, but many people don’t drink enough water during the day. Approximately 60% of the human body is made up of water, and blood is made of around 90% water, making it crucial for your overall wellbeing. 

You can quickly become dehydrated during your daily activities because of sweating, urination, and even breathing, expelling moisture from your body.

"Fortunately, it is easy to stay hydrated, and you can enjoy the many benefits that water provides. "

Recommended Daily Water Consumption

Experts recommend consuming at least half of your body weight in ounces of water. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water daily. Here are the benefits of staying fully hydrated.

Benefits of Drinking Lots of Water

1. Improves Brain Function

The brain requires a lot of water to function correctly. If you are dehydrated, you can experience difficulty concentrating and find your focus wandering. By drinking an adequate amount of water, your brain remains alert and allows you to focus on the topics and tasks at hand. 

2. Regulates Mood

The brain is also vital for regulating moods. Drinking sufficient water increases brain temperature and helps the organ eliminate toxins. Brain cells use water to stay active, regulate chemical processes, stabilize moods, and reduce stress or anxiety feelings. 

3. Improves Sleep

Getting enough sleep is vital for human health, but it also needs to be good quality sleep. Because blood has a high water concentration, it needs to be hydrated to perform its functions at the highest level possible. 

Water supports blood flow, increasing the amount that travels to the brain. Blood carries oxygen, and when it reaches the brain, it helps reduce stress levels and induces calmer feelings, allowing you to have a better night’s sleep.

4. Increases Memory Function

The brain requires plenty of water to improve memory function. Without water, it is harder to create short- and long-term memories, and even mild dehydration can have a detrimental effect. Keeping a bottle of water available during the day is an excellent way to boost your memory, so you don’t forget important information.

5. Helps Manage Weight 

Water doesn’t contain calories, so you can drink plenty without worrying about adding to your waistline. You may also find you eat less by drinking water before a meal because it is also an excellent appetite suppressant

6. Increases Energy Levels 

People often feel sluggish and find it hard to work up the energy to perform physically demanding tasks when dehydrated. The cells in your body depend on water to function, and if they are dehydrated, they cannot work at their peak ability. 

Your body uses water to deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, and a lack of water means these essential elements can’t reach organs and cells that need them to function. Noticing a drop in physical energy can be an early sign of dehydration, so if you’re feeling sluggish, grab a glass of water.

Water is also essential for regulating energy levels throughout the day. While some people drink coffee or eat a sugary treat to get a quick energy boost, it’s much better to drink water. If you don’t want to drink plain water, add some herbs or fruit like mint and cucumber for a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up.

7. Reduces Injury Risk 

Drinking plenty of water during exercise provides health benefits because the extra activity and sweating expel large quantities of moisture from your body. However, it is also vital for reducing the risk of injury

Your joints need water to help keep them supple and able to move freely, preventing them from drying up and causing unnecessary rubbing, which could cause damage. Many people attribute their post-workout aches to the intensity of their exercise, but it is often the result of not drinking enough water. Physical activity causes lactic acid to build-up in your muscles, and the body uses water to remove the acid, lessening pain and improving physical recovery time.

8. Improves Kidney Function

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from your bloodstream. They also return vital substances such as vitamins and amino acids to your blood for distribution around the body. 

Kidneys filter around 150 quarts of blood each day, and they require plenty of water to function correctly. Staying hydrated helps your kidneys perform their vital tasks and reduces the risk of developing painful kidney stones.

9. Improves digestion 

One of the significant health benefits of drinking plenty of water is an improved digestive system. Saliva requires water to start digesting food when it is in the mouth, and your stomach and intestines use water to filter vital nutrients from your food so your body can use them for bodily functions.  

You may notice a change in your bowel movement regularity if you become dehydrated, and drinking lots of water can reduce the risk of constipation.

9. Maintains a Steady Temperature 

Your body uses water for temperature regulation, and dehydration can lead to severe consequences for your health. Heatstroke is a dangerous condition that happens when the body can no longer cool itself, and body temperature rises to potentially fatal levels. Staying hydrated helps your body to keep cool and reduce the risk of suffering from a raised temperature.

10. Improves  Skin Condition 

Drinking plenty of water can increase blood flow to the skin, helping it stay plump and retain elasticity. Without water, skin can appear duller, and your skin cells can find it harder to remove toxins. If your skin can’t rid itself of waste, you may be more vulnerable to some skin conditions such as acne or eczema.

If you are dehydrated, you could notice your skin becomes dry and flaky, potentially leading to painful cracking that results in open cuts on your skin. 

"Consuming lots of water helps skin to perform at its best and maintain a healthier appearance"

The Takeaway

Drinking water has significant mental and physical health benefits that keep your body performing at peak level. Instead of reaching for a soda or coffee, drink a tall cool glass of water. Enhance it with your favorite fruits or herbs for a tasty, guilt-free beverage.  

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About the Author

George Simms is a Salt Lake City based plumber and contractor, with a focus on aiding homes and businesses (particularly farm) solve problems with hard and contaminated water. Walter is here to share his wealth of job experience and a knowledge of both modern and antique plumbing.

Last Updated on December 9, 2021