Water being poured into a glass with ice blocks
Water is essential for maintaining the health and integrity of every single cell in your body, however the importance of drinking a glass of water can often be forgotten when we’re presented with other more colourful and ‘tasty’ options, such as soft drink, fruit juice, tea and coffee, or alcohol.  But did you know there is a long list of body functions that water assists with that none of those other liquids are fully capable of achieving?
Here are our top reasons why your body is asking you to pour yourself another glass of water:

To reduce back pain

Intervertebral discs reside in the space between the vertebrae (bones) of your spine and are comprised of a tough but flexible exterior and a squishy but jelly-like centre.  These discs act as shock absorbers so that when you bend, twist and move about, the vertebrae can move freely.  Without adequate hydration the jelly centre will shrink, placing stress on the outer layer of the disc.  This can lead to swelling, pain, immobility, compromised range of motion, or even a more severe disc bulge or rupture.  So drink up, and take care of your spine – you only have one!

Keep your body moving

No matter your level of physical fitness, dehydration can inhibit your performance and leave you feeling weak.  Without sufficient water intake muscles may not function as they are designed to and could lead to a decrease in strength.  Adequate hydration keeps your joints lubricated and cushioned, enabling your body to perform even the most simple of movements with ease.

Protect you from invaders

In the same way that your skin offers protection on the outside of your body, mucous membranes line and protect your inside surfaces.  Drinking plenty of water ensures that these membranes remain as moist as they need to be in order to repel dirt, dust and parasites before they reach and cause damage to vital structures.

Regulate body temperature

Sweating is the body’s natural cooling mechanism.  By ensuring you’re well hydrated your body can sweat effectively, allowing your body to cool down naturally.  So next time you’re feeling hot and bothered, fill up that water bottle and let your body take care of the rest!

Fight fatigue

Your body utilises a lot of water while you sleep.  To keep on top of that tired feeling, ensure you replenish your water level by starting the day with a couple of glasses of this liquid gold!  If your body doesn’t have enough water to assist with waste removal and detoxification you may find yourself feeling tired, sluggish or even end up with a headache.

Keep you looking youthful

Water helps to maintain the appearance and texture of your skin by keeping it moisturised.  When your skin is dehydrated it produces more oil which can lead to break outs or dry and uneven patches.  Up your water intake and nourish your skin from the inside out!

Flush away urinary problems

Water supports the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract to flush away toxins and bacteria that may lead to an infection or kidney stones. If you’re consuming enough water you should have light yellow coloured urine.  If you notice a darker yellow colour next time you go to the bathroom, your urinary tract is excreting toxins and wastes in a concentrated form and screaming out for more water, so go and fill up that glass!

Aid digestion and prevents constipation

Is your digestion slow or do you find yourself constipated regularly?  This could be as a result of dehydration.  Water aids practically every aspect of digestion, starting with the saliva production in your mouth through to the smooth passing of a bowel motion and without sufficient water to be absorbed in the end stages of digestion, your stool may become hard and difficult to pass.

Relieve hunger

Are you one of those people who get “hangry”?  Those feelings of hunger and anger could actually be dehydration instead.  Nutrients are delivered to our cells via water and when our body calls out for more we sometimes misinterpret that message for hunger.  Eating food when your body is just asking for a glass of water may lead to unnecessary weight gain over time so next time you get the “hangries”, opt for some H2O first!

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