Unless you’re thirsty, it’s easy to forget how important water is to your body and your life. And if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
If you want to improve your life, and let’s face it, we all do, one of the easiest and most important things you can do is drink more water. That’s because your body is over 70 percent water, which means that everything needs water to function properly, from your organs (which includes your skin) to your brain.
Benefits of water
Think better: An adult brain is 73% water. Thoughts are the activity of neurons in the brain sending information through electrical impulses. The more electrical impulses being sent out, the greater the likelihood that patterns will emerge that we call thoughts or ideas. And guess what conducts the electricity that makes it all possible? Water.
Increase the water, increase the electrical activity, increase how well you think.
Feel better: As you digest food, filter water, and burn energy, your body is constantly producing waste. How quickly and efficiently you can remove that waste has a huge impact on how you feel. Water flushes out your system to keep everything running smoothly.
Look better: Hydration keeps your skin soft and vibrant, giving you a facial glow. Wet eyes cause them to twinkle. A mouth wet with saliva is necessary for dental health and keeping your winning smile.
Age better: Water is instrumental in slowing down the breakdown of cells, as well as proper functioning of essential organs like the heart and kidneys, helping you to live longer. And water helps prevent wrinkling of the skin, helping you to look younger.
How much water
Thirst: Thirst is your body’s way of telling you it needs more water, but if it has to tell you, then the damaging effects of dehydration are already occurring.
Urine: Urine should be pale. While certain things like vitamin levels can cause urine to be darker, generally speaking, dark and sticky urine is a sure indicator of dehydration.
Recommendation: It is recommended that a relatively inactive person drink 8 glasses, or 1.5L, of water per day. Most of us are active, though, and in tropical climates like Ghana, you will lose a lot of water through sweat, water that must be replaced. So drink as much water as you can above and beyond 1.5L, and definitely when your body tells you through thirst or the color of your urine that it needs more, drink more!