It's a new year, and with a new year comes the new year's resolutions: exercise more, eat healthier, save money, etc. Why not add "drink more water" to your resolutions? It will be one of the most beneficial habits you can make in the new year. Your physical therapist at Dynamix will always advise you to drink more water if you are feeling stiff, achy, dizzy or tired. A boost in your H2O intake can make all the difference. Read more on why water is one of the best things you can add to your daily routine to help alleviate pain.
Most of us do not take the time to research the effects of water on our bodies. Your car will not run without fuel and neither will your body. Water is essential for survival, and the human body can only do without water for about one week. Compare this with the ability to survive for a month without food, and it is easy to appreciate the importance of water.
The Human Body: ~60% water
Blood: ~90% water
The Brain & Muscles: ~75% water
Bones: ~31% water
These values probably surprise some of you. Water has an undeniable role in the proper functioning of our bodies and systems. Most of us undoubtedly know that water is important, but rarely heed advice to drink more water. With this assumption, check out some of the many benefits of staying well hydrated:
Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
Drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.
So the next time you reach for the afternoon soda or energy drink, try a large glass of water instead. You will be surprised how your body responds to a full tank!