The Obvious and Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Water

The benefits of water cannot be overstated. It is the source of life and a natural weight regulator.

Given the fact that our bodies are up to 60% water, it is the single most important “food” we can consume everyday. Here is a rule of thumb as to how much water we should consume daily. Take the number of pounds you weigh and divide it in half. That is the number of ounces of water you should drink daily. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs., you should drink approximately 80 ounces of water per day. This is the equivalent to 6 or 7 half liter bottles of water. If you space them out over the course of the day, the results may surprise you.

There is a direct connection between drinking water and lower blood pressure.

When you drink plenty of water the more fluids that will leave the blood vessels. When more fluid is leaving the blood vessels your blood vessels will then relax. When your blood vessels are relaxed your blood pressure is going to be lower. If you eat too much salt or if you do not drink enough, water can accumulate in your blood vessels. This can contribute to your blood pressure. If your blood pressure becomes too high it can cause the blood vessel to burst and this may lead to kidney disease or a stroke.

Drinking water reduces “false” hunger

One immediate thing you may notice by drinking the appropriate amounts of water is that you may realize you are not as hungry, as often. Aside from being filling and good for you, there are zero calories in water. An ancillary benefit of drinking more water may be that you may lose weight as water eliminates waste, too.

Additionally, often when we think we are hungry or we want a snack, we are really thirsty. Drink water first, before snacks and meals, you’ll find that you will eat less and will not have the bloated feeling associated with a heavy meal.

One Week Challenge

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.
  • Try replacing water with other beverages that contain sugar or sweeteners
  • Drink a glass of water before a meal.

See how you feel at the end of the week. You may find that a few simple changes can make a huge difference in you body, outlook and the way you feel.