True life: I drink roughly a gallon of water a day. Growing up, if I drank a cup of water a day it was considered a fantastic feat. If the normal human body is 60% water, my body was about 60% soda LOL. But now I absolutely adore water. I have a delivery service, that drops off 5 gallon bottles to my house monthly and I keep a few cases of 24 packs in my car. IDK if there’s a such thing as drinking too much but I may be teetering on that line. I’ve been criticized for my consumption for a while so I decided to dig a little deeper into all the benefits of drinking water.
How much water should you drink?
Beats me. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist. There’s a lot of controversy as to how much water one is really supposed to drink. I think the general rule of thumb was eight 8oz glasses a day (64oz). Back when I was heavy into fitness the rule was told half your weight in oz. So if you weigh 150lbs, you need to drink 75oz. I’ve also heard that 3L is the magic number. Who knows what the “right” amount of is. I say do you. I’ve been getting in a gallon a day for about a year now and when I don’t hit my gallon my body can tell.
Benefits of drinking water
1. Helps to Maximize Exercise
Depending on how vigorously you’re working out, not having enough water in your system can be dangerous. If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer. Think about it. Sweat is water leaving your body. So if you’re sweating like a pig and not replacing it you will become dehydrated. I’ve heard horror stories about dehydration and hospital visits.
2. Helps to Prevent and Treat Headaches
Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines in some individuals. So drinking more water can help relieve the intensity and even get rid of headaches in some cases. However, this appears to depend on the type of headache.
3. Helps Relieve Constipation
If you’ve got problems dropping the kids off at the pool, upping your water intake will help things flow.
4. Helps Treat Kidney Stones
Your kidneys regulate the fluid in your body. Lack of water can possibly cause kidney stones, painful clumps of crystallized minerals. Drinking more water increases the amount of urine passing through the kidneys so there is less chance for the minerals to clump and crystalize.
5. Helps with Hangovers
Alcohol is a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in which can lead to dehydration. A good way to reduce the likelihood of having a hangover after a night of turning up is to drink a glass of water between drinks, and to have at least one big glass before going to bed. Trust me on this one.
Drinking plenty of water can help you lose weight because it helps you feel full and boosts your metabolic rate. Also, replacing your sugary drinks like soda and juice with water decreases your calorie intake. Who among us wouldn’t love to drop a few lbs almost effortlessly?
7. Assists in breathing
When you’re dehydrated, your airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make conditions like asthma and allergies exasperate.
8. Joint lubrication
Interesting fact: joint cartilage is 80 percent water. So when you’re dehydrated, your joints won’t have the same ability which causing joint pain. Chronic pain is a reality for us spoonies but increasing water intake should offer a tiny bit of relief.
9. Glowing skin
10. Body temperature regulation
There you have it: 10 benefits of drinking water but there definitely are a bunch more. If those aren’t enough reasons for you to commit to drinking a bit more, I don’t know what to tell you. I’m not in it for the weightloss and glowing skin but if I wasn’t already an avid drinker, those are reasons enough for me.
Check out this video below where I go into more detail about my water addiction.