We are all aware of the importance and benefits of water. It surrounds us; it fuels our ecosystems; it gives life and our bodies are made up of it. Yet, we – as humans – don’t drink it nearly enough. Per the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water. Considering the earth’s current population (7.9 billion), this accounts for roughly 2.63 billion of the global population. This is, of course, a staggering statistic; in the 21st century, water poverty should not exist. More must be done to tackle this issue and eradicate it once and for all within this century.
Those of us privileged enough to live in the United States, Europe or any country unaffected by water poverty takes water for granted. We, quite simply, do not drink enough of it – instead getting our necessary daily intake of liquid from soft drinks, fancy and expensive hot drinks and, perhaps, an alcoholic beverage or two. Yet, in doing this, we are losing access to the countless amounts of health benefits to be gained by drinking clean water – replacing these benefits with the health detriments which come with carbonated, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks. We are taking for granted the countless amounts of nutrients and health benefits to be gained through drinking clean water. Therefore, we have compiled three reasons why you should cut back on some of the less healthy alternatives and instead drink more water.
If you drink soft drinks regularly – soft drinks being drinks of a more “fizzy” and carbonated nature – then you might be familiar with frequent, unpredictable headaches which can ruin your mood; these are often called “dehydration headaches“. It is a common occurrence, also, with drinkers of highly caffeinated drinks; whether coffee or the dreaded “energy” drink. If you are a regular drinker of these drinks, by cutting back on them and drinking more water – “about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men… about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women” (per Mayo Clinic) – you will very quickly notice that these headaches begin to subside. Therefore, we cannot recommend an increased water intake enough to those suffering with headaches.
Weight Loss & Mental Health
Perhaps the most popular and desirable reason to cut down on “junk drink” and to move to a higher daily intake of water is weight loss. Water is the ultimate toxin detergent, meaning drinking enough of it cleans out your body and boosts your metabolism. We all know the effect carbonated and high calorie drinks have on our weight. Therefore, water is perfect. Over time, you will notice weight loss and when combined with the loss of headaches, you will feel much healthier. Not just physically, either; studies show that drinking more water provides your mental health with a much appreciated boost – meaning that you will feel better both physically and mentally. Water contains natural calming properties; the effects of depression, anxiety and a flurry of other short and long-term mental health struggles can be softened by drinking water. On top of that, the added benefit of weight loss will only help to make you feel even better.
We have all been there. Waking up early in the morning, whether for work or to proceed with other life requirements, and feeling utterly dreadful – as though we don’t want to leave the comfort of our bed. Believe it or not, water is a proven fuel to combat that experience. Keeping hydrated with water boosts cognitive function; you’ll be thinking faster, clearer and more enthusiastically than you were when you weren’t consuming water. This is not opinion, either; it is fact backed up by countless hours of research by experts. Therefore, if you are looking for a permanent, positive and natural method of boosting your energy levels, look no further than good old H2O. Additionally, drinking water provides a psychological boost; the gradual realization that you are growing healthier with water will make your brain begin to believe that you are making a positive difference to yourself and this realization will give you a much-needed boost, also.
Losing the negative toxins contained in a can of Coca Cola and replacing them with the positive nutrients contained within a bottle of water (or even in tap water, should you be fortunate enough to have access to clean tap water) can only be a positive for you both physically and mentally. Combined with a range of other benefits not listed (better breath, positive effects on your organs and even clearer skin), it is easy to see why increasing our water intake is massively beneficial to us. Therefore, we cannot recommend water drinking enough. There is no greater time to begin the transition to water than right now; begin an immediate start on giving yourself a natural boost and you’ll soon notice the difference.
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