What Benefit Drinking Water?
Sure, it’s refreshing on a hot summer day, but what is the benefit of drinking water in the winter? For that matter, aside from refreshment, what is the benefit of drinking water anytime, whether you’re out jogging, at home surfing the “net”, or eating at a restaurant?
1. Meet Cell Needs
One benefit of drinking water is simply to meet the needs of your cells. Your body weight is almost two-thirds water. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kg), about 100 pounds (45 kg) of that is water. If you weigh 110 pounds (50 kg), you are carrying about 73 pounds (33 kg) of water everywhere you go. You are mostly water!
- Human brains are about 85% water.
- Human blood is about 79% water.
- Human muscles are approximately 74% water.
- Human bones are about 22% water.
- Human teeth contain about 10% water.
Water is constantly leaving your body through natural processes, and it must be replenished. That is a benefit of drinking water.
2. Improve Brain Function
A second benefit of drinking water is to improve the functioning of your brain. If water consumption is low, your blood thickens, your body works harder to circulate blood, and your brain becomes sluggish.
- A 2 percent drop in body water can cause fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and trouble focusing on your computer screen or a printed page.
- Losing 4 to 5 percent of your body’s water makes your work performance drop by 20 to 30 percent.
- In the first 5 to 10 minutes after a drink of cool water, you become more creative and can concentrate much better.
If ever there was a benefit of drinking water that we all need, this is it. As a life-long educator, I would recommend that teachers utilize this fact.
3. Lose Weight
Weight loss, that goal of so many of us, is another benefit of drinking water. Water is said to be a natural appetite suppressant. Doctor F. Batmanghelidj MD, author of “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” says the supposed hunger we sense is often nothing more than our bodies asking for water.
A body that is becoming dehydrated has lower metabolism and cannot burn fat as well. A benefit of drinking water, at least for dieters, is that it increases metabolism by as much as 2%.
4. Increase Energy
A lack of water is the #1 cause of daytime tiredness. In school, students who drink enough water are more alert and eager to learn. On the job, workers who get enough water are more attentive to their work. The benefit of drinking water to athletes and those who exercise has also been proven. Athletes can lose 4 or 5 quarts of water in one practice session alone!
5. Improve Health
Most doctors agree that the over-riding benefit of drinking water is to improve and maintain health. The normal recommendation is that you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. This is especially true for senior citizens, who are prone to dehydration.
WARNING: Although the benefit of drinking water is many-faceted, you should not overdo. Too much water in too short a time can cause illness or even death. Check with your doctor to see how much water is right for you.