Why drink water?
Megan and I were talking the other day about how bad we are at eating when we are on vacation-and by “bad at eating” I mean we are really good at it! But the biggest thing we noticed was how many calories we were drinking and how easy it is to add a few hundred calories with a glass or two of processed fruit juice and cup of coffee with a little cream or maybe a beer or glass of wine. And it got me thinking…”Is there any reason to drink water instead of this stuff other than the calories?”
As a matter of fact there is! I found 6 really good ones.
- Your Heart. A six year study found that those who drink more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack than those who drank less than two glasses.
- Energy Levels. Dehydration (even mild) can zap your energy and make you feel tired. I have always been told in endurance racing to drink before you are thirsty, because if you wait until you are thirsty it is too late. This is true in every day life as well.
- Headache. A very common cause of headache is dehydration. Drink more water, get fewer headaches!
- Healthy Skin. Just ask a massage therapist, they can tell you who drinks enough water and who doesn’t just by how a client’s skin feels and reacts.
- Cleansing. Water is used by the body to flush out toxins. If we substitute the bad stuff we drink with water, there is more water to flush fewer toxins, a double whammy!
- Cancer Risk. Drinking a healthy amount of water has been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%.
I don’t think anyone is saying that if you just drink enough water you’ll be a picture of perfect health, but it certainly appears to me that it is certainly one piece of the puzzle. And remember, try to drink all that water out of a refillable container of some sort so we can be kind to Mother Earth.