The waitress approaches our table, “What would you like to drink? Coffee? We also have Coke products..”
It’s no surprise that water has become so uncommon when we are not even offered it in some situations. Water has become such a plain and boring drink after being offered so many other drinks such as Coke, ‘diet’ Coke, Sprite, iced tea, ‘sweet’ iced tea, Gatorade, energy drinks and etc! Contrary to popular belief, water is a life saver! Water is inexpensive and easy to get, not because it has a low value but because it’s extremely necessary.
About two-thirds of the human body is made up of water. It is necessary for most functions in the body, including digestion, absorption, and circulation. The water in your body is the main delivery system for nutrients and oxygen. Water hydrates cells, flushes out toxins, and detoxifies the kidneys, and is crucial for transporting nutrients into your cells and waste out of your cells. If there isn’t enough water to flush away your toxic wastes, they will damage your body. Water is imperative for your body to function. The human body can go without food for several weeks (not a fun several weeks though), but can only go without water for a few days. It is important to stay hydrated, especially since the body loses water every day through urine and sweat.
Personally, water has been my best friend. I tend to have trouble getting out of bed at a fast pace in the morning to start my day. It is an every day struggle! I’ve learned to leave water on the table next to my bed at night. After I wake up in the morning, I try to drink it as soon as possible. I feel incredible after gulping my water and honest to God, it motivates me to start my day! This gives me a burst of energy and it is especially an amazing feeling on my sluggish days.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love my coffee. However, there have been plenty of mornings when I was rushing to work and didn’t have enough time to grab some coffee. On those days water was genuinely appreciated. Of course water works in a different way than coffee does, but it definitely assisted with the waking up process and provided energy to start the day! Plus, my body yearns for water over coffee in the morning anyways. Water is huge in producing energy and the more you drink, the more energized and awake you’ll feel.
A side note about coffee… after drinking coffee for some time, I notice that it truly dehydrates me. Any caffeine will dehydrate the body. Every time that I drink a cup of coffee, I make sure that water accompanies me. I recommend this for all coffee and caffeine drinkers. This is the same for alcoholic beverages; alcohol dehydrates the body. If I don’t already have water with me, I always ask for water along with my Starbucks coffee or with my glass of wine at the restaurant/bar. People seem to think that this is strange, but it makes me feel so much better! Plus, the morning after you have been drinking alcohol will be ten times better if you have a glass of water for every drink you have at the bar.
I have discovered that water greatly helps me with digestion. There are times when I eat dinner late due to a hectic day, go out to a restaurant and simply eat TOO much because of how much is served, and eat heavy (but delicious) foods like pasta or pizza. After those kind of meals, I usually drink a ton of water. It helps settle my stomach and leaves me feeling less sleepy! (Water definitely assists with an upset stomach of any kind, not just from food but even from a stomach flu or anxiety.) This is helpful especially at night. I don’t like lying down in bed only a couple of hours after eating dinner. Going to sleep with a short time after dinner leads to an upset stomach and restless sleeping since the stomach is still in the early stages of digesting. Water definitely speeds up the digestion process in these times and calms my tummy!
I am actually a very healthy person but I have noticed that I tend to get dehydrated. My eyes become extremely dry and I find myself putting eye drops in my eyes every day. Instead of temporarily helping my eyes with eye drops, I figured feeding my body a bunch of water may prevent my eyes from drying out in the first place. My eyes have been slowly improving since I made that decision! When they do feel dry, I chug and chug water. It feels amazing and gives me a similar effect as using eye drops!.. I do add cucumber into my water and not only does it give the water some flavor, it hydrates me even more! The water is a lifesaver alone, but with the cucumber it is miraculous. Adding lemon to water is also an excellent choice for flavor and for extra help with digestion. Many people don’t like water because it doesn’t have a ‘taste’. I suggest infusing it with different kind of fruit; be creative! The fruit will give it some flavor, as well as provide some health benefits depending on the kind of fruit.
Water and beauty go hand in hand. So much time and money is spent on plastic surgery and “no more wrinkles” crème. Beauty starts deep on the inside. What you put into your body reflects on the outside. Purified water offers some of the best anti-aging benefits ever! Not only does it help the skin, water is an excellent weight-loss tool. It can be overlooked as that since it is ‘ordinary’. Jordan Rubin wrote a book called Perfect Weight America. In his book he wrote, “What water does is . . . revs up your metabolism and hydrates the cells so that you can process carbohydrates and fat more efficiently. When your body is well hydrated, you accelerate the liver’s ability to convert stored fat into usable energy . .”
Water has also been known to help with headaches and migraines. Drinking water is not only helpful physically but also mentally. I believe that water promotes great mental health and contributes to feelings of happiness!