How much water do you drink a day?
I think we all know how important it is to drink 8 or more glasses of water per day, but I was reading again this week about some of the astounding benefits of water and essential functions in the body.
Check out this list from Dr. John Douillard:
- Maintains the structure and function of DNA
- Allows for oxygen to be delivered to the cell
- Is essential for the manufacture of proteins involved in tissue growth and repair
- Enables repair proteins to rebuild the cellular structure
- Acts as a medium for the transport of nutrients
- Cushions bones and joints
- Lubricates joints
- Provides a medium for the removal of waste products
- Allows for the maintenance of the cells’ normal electrical conductivity
- Regulates body temperature
- Hydrates the cells
- Supports the immune system
- Allows for proper maintenance of the basal metabolic rate
- Acts as a medium for the body to eliminate free radicals
- Is an important ingredient in digestive juices
Pretty incredible, isn’t it?
Getting adequate water can alleviate symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, cravings, muscle cramps, headaches and even joint and back pain or constipation.
For athletes, proper hydration improves athletic performance AND is especially crucial for girls to choose over soda. A study found that high school girls who drank soft drinks were more than three times more likely to have had a bone fracture and physically active girls were nearly five times more likely to have had a bone fracture.
From an Aryuveda perspective, drinking water without ice is key. The colder water is, the more it halts digestion which can lead to stomach aches in children and limit the benefits of hydration.
Are you careful to drink a lot of water each day?
What major benefits of water were you aware of? Was there anything new to you?