Around 60% of the human body is water.
So, it is no surprise that we need to consume sufficient amounts to keep our body functioning the best it can.
Our brain and other vital organs need to be hydrated in order to support us. Without sufficient water, you will likely see huge dips in productivity, increased stress, and even muscle and joint issues.
How Much Water Should I Be Drinking?
There is a massive amount of conflicting information regarding how much water every person should be consuming daily. Whilst this figure is entirely depending on your lifestyle, diet, and even where you live, every adult should drink at least two litres per day.
This does not need to come in the form of a plain glass of water. Tea, coffee, and fruit juices all help you hit that daily hydration target. Just steer clear of alcoholic drinks and sugary fizzy drinks, which will not help the effort!
How Does Dehydration Affect the Body?
Dehydration is the result of excessive water loss from the body.
It is more than simply feeling a little thirst; dehydration can present itself in the form of fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. Some suffering from dehydration also report headaches and nausea.
Human bodies are notoriously bad for sending adequate thirst signals to the brain, so we must continually drink water throughout the day.
Dehydration can be caused by excessive sweating. Although sweating is entirely natural, prolonged exposure to excessive heat or extreme vigorous exercise can cause dehydration. Diarrhoea and vomiting can also quickly cause the sufferer to become dehydrated. Additionally, certain medications are known to increase the risk of dehydration.
Water Helps Regulate Weight
Ensuring you are sufficiently hydrated can stabilise your weight and even be the helping hand you need when trying to shed a few pounds.
Water can help with weight loss in a variety of ways.
Firstly, it can naturally suppress appetite. This is not suggesting that you replace essential food with water, but instead, learn to understand your body’s natural cues. Thirst is caused by mild dehydration in the body, which is often mistaken for hunger.
Keeping your body hydrated will enable you to appreciate when you are actually hungry, allowing you to feed your body most optimally.
Additionally, there is research to show that drinking water can stimulate the metabolic system. Water appears to spark thermogenesis, otherwise known as heat production. Therefore, drinking ice water is thought to give the body a metabolism boost through the energy required to warm the water up.
Finally, drinking water will help you exercise. Whilst working out, your body needs to remove excess heat via sweating. Being properly hydrated allows your skin to do this. So, if you are not adequately hydrated, you will not sweat, and therefore you will not be able to work at the same rate. This will result in substandard workouts that can be detrimental to your health.
Increases Energy and Productivity
Ensuring you stay hydrated can have a significant impact on your productivity as well as your mood and well-being.
Your brain requires sufficient water for it to function correctly. If you starve your brain of the water it craves, it will not work properly and can result in anxious feelings. Whilst dehydration is not the sole cause of anxiety – staying hydrated could drastically help your mental health.
When your brain is functioning properly, you are much more likely to be in a happier mood and think much clearer. This can mean that you achieve your daily goals much quicker and easier than you would without sufficient water. This then creates a domino effect, as we feel happy from the satisfaction of a productive day.
Enhances the Skin
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so supplying it with sufficient hydration is crucial.
When you have a puffy face, your body is retaining water to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. So, supplying the body with ample water will help reduce puffiness.
Being well hydrated will help the blood flow around the body, meaning your skin's texture and tone will be much more even, helping to reduce blemishes.
Additionally, when your skin is dehydrated, it produces more oil, as it is compensating for the lack of moisture. Drinking enough water can help counteract that and balance out the oils in your skin.
Finally, being properly hydrated will help boost your skin elasticity, which helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Fresh, supple skin will keep you looking fresh and youthful.
Strong Muscles and Joints
The cartilage that surrounds our joints, and the disks in our spine, is made up of over 80% water. This cartilage is necessary to keep the joints lubricated, allowing you to enjoy your day as effortlessly as possible.
Over time, severe dehydration can seriously damage the cartilage, which can hinder your joint mobility. A lack of cartilage will reduce the amount of shock absorbency the joint has, which can cause serious long-term health implications.
Water Helps Your Digestive System
Your body needs water to create saliva. The enzymes in the saliva break down food and other liquids, which helps your body digest them. So, sufficient hydration is required for a well-functioning digestive system.
A lack of hydration, and therefore saliva, can cause the digestive system to grind to a halt, leading to stomach problems, including constipation.
Do not be fooled by any underhand marketing techniques; cleansing the body does not require anything specialist or expensive. With adequate nutrients and plenty of water, your organs should be functioning correctly.
How Kings Water Can Help
Bottleless water coolers provide an excellent solution for your school, office or even home.
Having constant access to fresh, filtered drinking water throughout the day is the best way to ensure you remain hydrated. Not only is this the best option for your body, but great for the environment.
It is the most environmentally friendly, economical, and simple way to stay hydrated.
Call Kings Water on 020 8224 9654 or email [email protected] for a no-obligation discussion regarding your hydration needs.