Like protein, fats and carbohydrates - you should think of water as an essential addition to your daily diet that creates countless benefits. Water is the number one necessity in our diets - without it, we simply cannot survive! So here's our rundown on water benefits. MNT says that to function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water. It's also used to lubricate the joints, protect the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, regulate body temperature, and assist the passage of food through the intestines. This seems like reason enough for us to keep hydrated, but keep reading to learn more about the water intake and its benefits.
- It energises your muscles. Without it, the balance of fluids and electrolytes in your muscles shrivel, leading to muscle fatigue. This is why drinking fluids before, during and after physical activity is a must.
- Not only does a hydrated body contribute to your concentration and alertness, it can improve your mood! Mild dehydration is proven to impact your moods negatively.
- Water is essential for correctly functioning kidneys and to flush out toxins. Improperly functioning kidneys can cause a build up of waste, bacteria and excess fluid in the body. This can later on lead to urinary tract infections, kidney disease and even kidney failure.
- It will give you skin that glow. Without hydration, your blood becomes thick and turns to your skin cells for hydration. This causes the skin to appear dry and the eyes to look dark and sunken. Consistent dehydration can lead your skin to age faster and impact its elasticity. Hydration can improve the texture and colour of your skin by creating new cells regularly.
- It can ward off headaches and migraines A headache onset by dehydration can be detected if movement seems to aggravate or cause pain to the head.
And as for your daily water intake...Powerlifting athlete & coach Nathan Wallace recommends two approaches to calculating how much water you should be drinking per day:
- For every 25kg of total body weight you should consume 1L of fluid or
- 42ml for every 1kg of total body weight