Why is Drinking Water so Important?
- If you don’t drink water, you will die. It’s that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water – maybe a week. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do.
- Prevent cancer. Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%5, bladder cancer by 50%6, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.
- Be less cranky. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
- Perform better. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue. Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
- Lose weight. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
- Have less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
- Flush out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also combined with fiber, water can cure constipation.
- Prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
- Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do it’s job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating.2
- Feed your body. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.
What to expect from eating more veggies
Healthy glowing skin – Courtesy of their higher water and phytochemical content, vegetables help produce that healthy “glow.” Many vegetables are also known for their anti-aging benefits, helping firm your skin and combat wrinkles.
Weight management – Low in calories and high in fiber, eating plenty of vegetables can help you lose and manage your weight in more ways than one. Just filling up on veggies so you “crowd” out the bad stuff rivals the more complicated diets.
Improves gut health and keeps you “regular” - Constipation is one of the most common bowel problems, impacting nearly 1 in 5 Americans at any given time. It’s uncomfortable, and can cause bloating and painful cramps. The fiber and water in vegetables can help prevent this scenario, and promotes optimal gut health in general by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria.
Improves energy, mood, and psychological well-being – Vegetables help boost energy levels,
especially if you cut out sugar and processed foods at the same time. Recent research shows higher vegetable intake can also help you feel calmer and improves your mental well-being.
Reduces risk for chronic disease – Vegetables help reduce your risk for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.