I’m fairly certain I’m not rocking anyone’s world when I say you should be drinking water throughout the day. We’ve all heard it millions of times-but do you know why it’s so important? Yahoo Health posted an article citing Beth Reardon, the director of nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. Here’s a rundown of 5 reasons to drink water:
1. Decrease stress-dehydration, even if it’s only 2%, can magnify the effects of stress by decreasing energy levels and cognitive function, as well as increasing cortisol (which contributes to a “stressed out” feeling).
2. Lose weight-drinking about 16 oz of water before each meal can make you feel fuller, and has been shown to cause people to eat about 75 less calories per meal. One study showed people who drank water before each meal lost almost four pounds more than a control group over 12 weeks. By making a conscious effort to drink more water, you are also less likely to drink beverages that are high in sugar and calories.
3. Boost your immunity-water keeps your mucous membranes, which work as important barriers to germs, moist and effective.
4. Thermoregulation-your body has trouble regulating your internal temperature, both in cold and hot temps, if you’re dehydrated. So just chill out and drink some water already!
5. Regulate your blood pressure-are you prone to low blood pressure and/or fainting? Staying hydrated can help prevent that. Have high blood pressure? Dehydration causes the the blood vessels to clamp down and try to hold on to the water they have-increasing your blood pressure.
Are you one of the people who hates water, or has a hard time “remembering” to drink throughout the day? Try flavoring your water with lemons, oranges, watermelon, mint leaves-whatever your little taste buds desire! I also strongly recommend keeping water with you at all times. You tend to drink it without even thinking about it if it’s right next to you. Since Living Wellthy also means being good to Mother Earth, buy a reusable water bottle and try to eliminate all of those plastic bottles that get trashed every day! Here are some interesting, and troubling, facts from the Clean Air Council’s website:
- At least 90 percent of the price of a bottle of water is for things other than the water itself, like bottling, packaging, shipping and marketing.
- 827,000 to 1.3 million tons of plastic PET water bottles were produced in the U.S. in 2006, requiring the energy equivalent of 50 million barrels of oil. 76.5 percent of these bottles ended up in landfills.
- Between 1997 and 2007, bottled water consumption in the U.S. more than doubled, from 13.4 gallons per person to 29.3 gallons per person.
- 26 to 41 percent of the 2.4 million tons of PET plastic discarded every year is bottled water bottles.
- Because plastic water bottles are shielded from sunlight in landfills, they will not decompose for thousands of years.
- It takes about 1,100 to 2,000 times as much energy to produce and transport the average bottle of water to Los Angeles as to produce the same amount of tap water.