According to Medical News Today, here are some of the top health reasons why our bodies require plenty of water.
- Lubricates our joints – Sufficient hydration allows the cartilage found in our joints and disks of our spine to act as shock-absorbers, thus reducing joint pain.
- Forms saliva and mucus – Saliva helps digest our food and keeps our mouth, eyes and nose moist. Drinking water also helps keep our mouths clean and reduces tooth decay.
- Delivers oxygen throughout the body – Did you know that blood is more than 90% water? Blood carries precious oxygen throughout our body.
- Boosts skin health and beauty – Proper hydration helps keep skin glowing and less prone to disorders and premature wrinkling.
- Cushions the brain, spinal cord and more – Proper hydration is imperative to brain structure and function.
- Regulates body temp – Because water is stored in the middle layers of our skin, it comes to the surface as sweat when our bodies heat up. Sweat cools us down as it evaporates. If we have too little water in our body, some scientists suggest heat storage increases and we’re less able to tolerate heat strain.
- Sustains digestive system – Dehydration leads to digestive issues such as constipation and an acidic stomach, which increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
In general, it’s recommended that men drink around 100 ounces or 12.5 cups of water daily, and women around 73 ounces or 9 cups per day.