THE BENEFITS OF WATER
Water facilitates the delivery of oxygen to muscles and helps the body perform physical activity more efficiently. Essentially, the more water inside the muscle cells, the better they function, more readily increasing in strength, size and capacity. Just as the giant redwood trees needs water to grow tall & stay strong, so do we!
When the body is dehydrated it will hold on to fluid, causing bloating and weight gain. It retains extra water from cells – including fat cells – to make up for the fact that it’s lacking water. With less water in fat cells, there is commensurately less mobilisation for energy!
WAKE UP & CLEAR YOUR HEAD
Suffering from low energy-levels, headaches and hunger can all be signs that you’re not drinking enough water. So instead of popping another paracetamol or mistaking thirst for hunger (leading to overeating), try drinking a glass of water, as it’s a natural appetite suppressant.
COFFEE, ALCOHOL & SALT
Ever felt monstrously bloated after a heavy night out? Alcohol (along with coffee, tea and “popular colas”) all act as ‘diuretics’, forcing water out of the body, leading to dehydration. Too much sodium also contributes to both dehydration and fluid retention. Yet another reason we should always read the food labels, and eat fresh, clean food without funky additives!
CHARGE YOUR METABOLISM
The kidneys remove toxins but in a dehydrated body, their function is inefficient and the liver has to work in overdrive-mode. The liver metabolises fat, and if it can’t do this effectively enough, it can lead to weight gain. Essentially, it slows down your organs and the whole system becomes sluggish & inefficient.
PURIFY THE BLOOD
90% of your blood is comprised of water. Not having enough water present in the system can cause the body to steal some from your blood instead. This in turn can cause small vessels to close, thickening the blood and leaving it more prone to clot as it’s more difficult to pump it around the body. The problem here? High cholesterol, heart disease and hypertension. Bad.
SOAK IT UP
Water absorbs different nutrients in food & transports them through the digestive system, leaving the nutrients better and more readily absorbed by the body.
It keeps your mouth and eyes moist as well as lubricating joints and muscles decreasing the risk of cramps and sprains, so you can lift heavier, just a bit easier
SPICE UP YOUR WATER!
It’s a must! No excuses – BUT here are some of my favourite tricks to help ease the monotony of drinking more!
Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. (This will help control appetite, too.) Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. And if the taste beings to bore, spice up the taste buds with fruit, veg and spices.
Before you know it, all the benefits of water will be right at your fingertips… and in your body.