As per water.org, 663 million people (10%) don’t have access to enough clean water. Yet, many of us have unlimited access to water and still don’t drink enough. What if someone told you that you could only drink water (and nothing else) for a whole month?! Do you think you could do it? What if you confirmed that it would actually be super-beneficial for you in the long-term to give this short-term experiment a try?
4 benefits of drinking water instead of anything else.
#1: Mental benefits.
70% of your body is comprised of water, and water deficiency leads to poor focus, memory, headaches, sleep issues, and mine fatigue in general. More specifically, your brain is composed of 85% water, and brain cells require two times as much energy than other cells to maintain adequate operating ability. What’s more, 2016 research showed that children who drank more water on a daily basis demonstrated better visual attention.
#2: Detoxifying benefits.
Water provides cells with nutrients, helps digestion, flushes wastes from the body, and keeps kidneys functioning properly. In particular, if kidneys aren’t healthy enough, they can’t filter out enough waste—which can cause a human being’s overall health to plummet.
#3: Metabolism benefits.
2010 research indicates decreased kidney function is related to low metabolic rates. When kidneys aren’t healthy enough, the liver is forced to try to do the work of the kidneys too, which prevents the liver from being able to metabolize fat (as it usually does). As can be seen, it’s a chain reaction that can and should be easily avoided by staying properly hydrated.
#4: Exterior body benefits.
It’s not easy to just all of the sudden start drinking a lot of water if you’re not used to it, but it could help to challenge yourself: try not drinking any other beverages for one month—coffee, tea, juice, and pop—and only drink water! It seems daunting, but, trust—the physical and mental benefits will be truly unmistakable and energizing.
5 reasons to take the challenge.
#1: Drinking soda regularly makes you fat.
#2: Fruit juice often contains more calories than pop does.
It’s all about concentrated sugars.
#3: Dairy products cause digestion problems.
Think gas, bloating, and skin issues. Also, it’s surprisingly sky-high in natural sugars.
#4: Coffee and green tea stresses the adrenal glands.
#5: Alcohol is high in calories.
There some benefits to drinks like red wine (due to the resveratrol compounds), but the vast majority will almost certainly widen your waistline.
#1: Needing 8 glasses of water each day.
The amount of water that each individual person requires varies depending on each individual person’s unique characteristics. However, 8 glasses is a good benchmark or baseline: drink more than 8 if you’re bigger than most people or sweat more than most people, or drink less if you’re smaller or less active.
#2: Not being able to overhydrate.
It’s definitely possible to drink too much water. Your kidneys won’t be able to handle it and you can easily experience hyponatremia (which means the sodium in your body will become diluted—and you will become very ill).
#3: Only needing to drink when you really feel thirsty.
You need it even when you don’t think you do—or know you do.
#5: Always drinking water the minute you awake.
Water is not magically better for you if it is swallowed-down within sixty seconds of waking up.
#6: Yellow pee equating to you being dehydrated.
Food, supplements, and medication all impact the colour of your urine—but you can still use yellow pee as an excuse to drink the proper amount of water each day (please do).
#7: You can learn all you need to know about proper hydration from an internet article.
This is a proper start—but communicate with a doctor, a professional, or someone else who is qualified to account for all your unique characteristics and circumstances before providing you with specific and safe instructions for continuing your quest to healthy and proper hydration.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.