The alcohol dehydrating along with the moisture leaving your body through sweat are a deadly combination and more than one drunk has met their end that way.
But I actually don’t want to talk about alcohol right now. I actually want to talk about water and why you should drink it up as often as possible.
As a pharmacist in Meridian, Idaho I am often asked by patients for ways to improve their overall health. It is kind of sad to say that a lot of people do not like it when my reply is, drink more water.
Everyone wants that magical pill (maybe why they come to a pharmacist?) or a quick fix to improve their health. The answer to that is it takes time and it takes a lifestyle change.
But the easiest lifestyle change anyone can make is to drink more water. And hey, water is readily available at your kitchen sink! See I’m just trying to save you money.
The Benefits of Water
Roughly 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water. For more interesting water facts go here. This is the reason why it is so important to consume more water in July, or the hot summer months in general. As we work, play, or just sweat in general we are losing that water at a rapid rate in the heat.
So here are the top 6 reasons given by most doctors as to why you should drink water.
1. It helps control your caloric intake. No joke. If you want to lose weight drink more water for a couple of reasons. One is is flushes your body out. Another is that it makes you feel full. And also it keeps you from drinking more sugary drinks with a ton of calories.
2. It helps maintain your body’s fluid balance. As I mentioned before your body is roughly 70% water. All sorts of bodily functions need and use water to work properly. Think of it as putting oil in your car’s motor. You wouldn’t run your car without oil, why run your body without water?
3. Water improves the quality of your skin. When you are dehydrated your skin will look dry and wrinkled. Ladies, all those expensive skin cream? They lock moisture IN, they do not provide more of it. Read it on the label yourself.
4. Water energizes your muscles. To put this one simply, when you don’t have enough water in your body the electrolytes shrivel. When electrolytes shrivel your muscles will fatigue. So if you are doing a monster workout at the gym, you need water. There are a lot of waters on the market now that have electrolytes in them as well, they make you feel very hydrated.
5. It helps your kidneys. The kidneys have a really hard job to do in the body. They really do! Make their job easier by drinking enough water. When you drink enough, urine should be light in color and have no odor. If you are not getting enough, urine will be dark in color and smell. We don’t need to go any further over this one, just check yours.
6. It helps maintain normal bowel function. I know everyone always talks about urine in relation to water but it is actually very important for bowel function as well. It helps prevent constipation. When you don’t get enough water, the colon pulls water from your stools to maintain hydration resulting in constipation. Isn’t the body a wonderful machine?
There is no magical pill to cure what ails you, but proper balance in the body is a great place to start to feel healthier. You can also check out the nutritional supplement Berberine if you need help with caffeine withdrawals when you make the switch to water.
-Dr. Devin Trone