There is nothing less caloric and safer to drink than water. This includes all kinds of water, including plain clean tap water, bottled water, mineral, seltzer or sparkling water. Basically, this includes all water anywhere without any calories. Sometimes water can contain things like sodium, sugar or even caffeine! Make sure that you’re not buying this and counting it as water – it is not just water. Some types of water which have lately become commercially acclaimed include all three of these substances and some people, having forgotten to read the label, still think they’re drinking clean water.
Here are a few reasons to drink water more often.
1. Water is literally the thing that keeps you alive. There can be no life without water – not only life as we know it, but life at all. Our bodies are over seventy percent water and we always have to put more in it because we lose a certain amount by just existing. We lose this water through excrement, urination, sweating, breathing and pretty much everything else that we do. We have to keep well hydrated constantly – dehydration results in fatigue, joint pain, headaches and a plethora of other illnesses. The rule of three dictates that you can survive three weeks without food, three days without water and three minutes without air.
2. Water helps against heartburn. Medically speaking, heartburn is literally the absence of water in the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract. When you have heartburn, your body is telling you that you are thirsty. Usually, when you have it, you take antacids or some other kind of pill, but this doesn’t cure your dehydration, instead your body continues to suffer, you just don’t feel the effects that much. If you keep taking pills when you have heartburn, you could create some major health issues for yourself, such as stomach and duodenum inflammation, ulceration, hiatal hernias or even gastrointestinal cancers, which include pancreatic and liver cancer.
3. Water gets you going. When you wake up, you drink coffee to get your mind started for the day, right? Well, water does the same thing for your body. It takes the pressure off your dry mouth and distributes itself throughout your body, making you subtly feel better. However, don’t fool yourself with other drinks – coffee and soda won’t have the same effect. They are indeed beverages marketed for being refreshing, but they contain caffeine which will push more water out of your body through the process of diuresis.
4. Water helps you keep your body weight. It boosts your metabolism and helps you keep your appetite in check by reducing your hunger. When you don’t drink enough of it, your kidneys can’t work as well, and the workload transfers to your liver instead. The liver then burns the fat stored inside it to utilize it as energy. This means that if you’re not drinking enough water, your body will burn far less fat because of the livers’ role in the work of your kidneys.
5. Water helps you get rid of toxins in your body, as well as other metabolic waste. Your body is an incredibly big chain of chemical reactions and they all have some waste such as ketones, nitrogen or urea, especially when you’re eating a diet with a lot of protein. If you want to put more muscle on your body, again, you need water to assist your kidneys.
6. The American College of Sports Medicine says that if your body has normal fluid replacement processes, it will be better hydrated which means that your performance will be boosted up to its best level, especially if you’re training regularly. To make sure that you can palate the water you drink, the ACSM suggests that you drink flavored water. This means that you would be able to drink more of it and stay hydrated. One of these drinks is Gatorade’s Propel Fitness Water which will sub out water with pretty much the same effects. It will help you drink a lot of water daily which will in turn boost your performance and practically eliminate the danger of dehydration.
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