Water is good for you

South Africans seem to carry bottled water everywhere they go these days. In fact, it has become the second most popular drink (behind soft drinks). But according to a report the benefits of drinking water may have been oversold. Apparently, the old suggestion to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline, not based on scientific evidence.

But don't put your water bottle or glass down just yet. While we may not need eight glasses, there are plenty of reasons to drink water. In fact, drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health.

The amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body. When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated.

Here are 10 reasons why Water is good for you. 

  1. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

  2. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

  3. Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

  4. Productivity boost - In order to really focus, a glass of water could help people concentrate and stay refreshed and alert.

  5. Pain prevention -  A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated.

  6. Good for Your Joints - One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated.

  7. Treats Headaches and Migraines - If you have a headache or migraine, the first thing that you can do to get some relief is drink plenty of water. Headaches and migraines are often caused by dehydration.

  8. Regulates Body Temperature - An ample amount of water in the body also helps regulate body temperature.

  9. Beats Bad Breath - Bad breath is a clear sign that you may not be drinking sufficient water. It keeps your mouth moist and washes away food particles and bacteria. It also dilutes the smelly compounds that oral bacteria create.

  10. Helps with weight loss/maintenance - Drinking soda as opposed to water can add unnecessary calories to your body which lead to weight gain.

To derive the various health benefits of water, make sure to drink filtered water. Along with water, also take more fluids and eat more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content.

Think of your body as a bank; you never want to take out more than you’re putting in. When you’re sweating and releasing water, it’s important to make sure you have enough to actually release and that you are constantly replenishing.