15 Ways Water Can Benefit Your Health

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Water – I simply love the stuff and always try to make sure I get my 2 litres per day. I’m always surprised though by how many people I speak to who hate drinking water and can’t manage more than cup a day!

Hopefully these 15 interesting facts about how important water is for the body will help convert all the anti-water drinkers out there into converts!

Why drinking water is important 

  1. Water is essential for life – around 70% of the body is made up of water and our cells need it to survive.
  2. It prevents your eyes and mouth from drying out as it keeps your mucous membranes nice and moist (this is the tissue that lines the body’s cavities).
  3. It helps to keep the bowels regular and a lack of water can cause constipation!
  4. It helps to regulate body temperature through sweating.
  5. Water helps to transport oxygen and nutrition to all the cells in the body.
  6. Water is needed to maintain blood pressure – dehydration can cause your blood pressure to drop significantly.
  7. Water contains lots of essential minerals in it including magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium and sulfates.
  8. Tap water contains lots of nasties including arsenic, fluoride and chlorine – a water filter will be the best purchase you’ll ever make!
  9. Hydrotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hot and cold water therapeutically to stimulate the healing process of the body by improving circulation and boosting the immune system.
  10. Drinking sufficient water every day can help keep headaches and urinary tract infections at bay.
  11. Water helps to lubricate and cushion your joints.
  12. It aids in detoxification as water helps to flush out waste materials from the liver and kidneys.
  13. The body can survive for weeks without food but it can only survive for a few days without water.
  14. It helps keeps the skin clear, prevents it from getting dry and flaky, and most importantly – prevents premature ageing!
  15. The body can mistake hunger for thirst so next time you feel hungry and have recently eaten, maybe drink some water as you could be dehydrated!

Make drinking water more interesting by adding some fresh mint or lemon to it.

And remember, that herbal teas also count towards your daily water intake.


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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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