At Multipure, we’re all about water. Clean, delicious, healthy water. Water that’s free from contaminants, good for your body and mind, and super refreshing on a hot summer day. Sadly, many people just aren’t drinking enough water. Sure, there are plenty of drink options out there, but most of them just don’t measure up when it comes to the pure hydration of a glass of water. To help convince you to drink more water, here’s a list of reasons why water should be your beverage of choice.
- It keeps you hydrated
This is kind of a no-brainer, but yes, drinking water keeps you hydrated – and considering roughly 60% or so of the human body is water, hydration is important to pretty much all bodily function and health.
- It can improve your complexion
The more dehydrated you are, the more dry, wrinkled, or cracked your skin can look. Yes, skin creams and lotions can help, but you need that underlying foundation that comes from healthy, hydrated skin.
- It’s a healthier beverage than sugary sodas and fruit juices
Most soft drinks – sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks – are loaded up with added sugars, which is not good for your health. For one, they give you a sugar rush and sugar crash, which is not great for your daily activities; and two, they add nothing but empty calories to your diet. When you drink water, you’re cutting out all that sugar while keeping the benefits of proper hydration.
- Zero calories
This goes hand in hand with the point about sugar, but zero sugar = zero empty calories added to your diet – and without any potential harmful impacts to your health that may be caused by artificial sweeteners. Water is pure hydration.
- No artificial colors or sweeteners
You know what soft drinks also tend to be loaded with? Artificial ingredients, from artificial sweeteners, to artificial flavoring, to artificial coloring, to artificial preservatives. Water is all natural, and – when filtered properly – all healthy. When your food and drink is full of artificial ingredients, your body has to work that much harder to filter and regulate all those additional ingredients. Drink more water, and less additive-laden beverages, and your liver and kidneys will have an easier time keeping you in proper working order.
- Easily accessorized with fruits or vegetables, e.g., a slice of lemon, orange, cucumber, etc.
Some people find water to be plain and unexciting as a beverage, despite the pure, crisp refreshment offered by a cold glass of ice water. Fortunately, water can be easily spruced up with the addition of healthy and flavorful fruits and vegetables. Add to your glass of water a squeeze of lemon, or a slice of your favorite citrus fruit, or a handful of berries, or a slice of cucumber, and you have healthy refreshment with an extra zip of flavor.
- No crash from caffeine or sugar
Another thing great about water – you don’t have to worry about crashing an hour or so after drinking it. Coffee is great, until you crash once the caffeine has worked its way through your system. Sugary drinks can taste and feel great, until you crash after the sugar rush wears off. With water, you don’t have to worry about crashing down from the effects of its hydration.
- Won’t give you a hangover (or dehydrate you)
For some, their preferred beverage includes the chemical buzz that comes from alcohol. But, whether one prefers beer, wine, or hard liquor, the problem is that alcohol dehydrates the body, and excessive amounts of alcohol dehydrates the body excessively, leading not just to inebriation, but also the painful hangover that comes from a massively dehydrated brain and body. This is an issue you don’t have to worry about with clean, healthy water.
- A good way to prevent a hangover
One great thing about water is that it can help mitigate the effects of drinking alcohol. A good rule when drinking an alcoholic beverage is to couple every drink of alcohol with a glass of water. The additional water can help counteract the dehydrating effects of the alcohol, leaving you with less chance of a hangover the next morning.
- Helps your kidneys and bowels function normally
Hydration is essential to your body’s ability to transport nutrients and waste products to and from your cells and organs. Both your kidneys’ ability to filter blood and your body’s ability to eliminate waste require adequate levels of hydration. Some of the more obvious signs of dehydration are dark-colored urine and constipation.
- Helps keep your body cooler in the summer heat
In the hot summer heat, or during intense exercise, your body regulates its temperature through perspiration. Sweating helps cool you down, but at the cost of your hydration levels. Drink more water on hotter days to make sure you don’t dehydrate yourself from the heat.
- Helps with allergies
Dehydration causes your body to increase histamine levels, which means that your allergic reactions get worse. Increased histamine levels mean more runny noses, swollen glands, itchy skin, and more.
- It can help with weight loss
Drinking water instead of sugary soft drinks or alcoholic beverages means you’re cutting out a lot of empty calories. Better yet, drinking water before and during meals can encourage you to eat less overall, as the water in your stomach will help your body feel fuller, faster.
- Helps with energy levels
Hydration helps in the cellular production of energy from food. Without adequate hydration, your body’s ability to produce energy is decreased, and you end up feeling more fatigued.
- You probably aren’t drinking enough water to begin with
A 2015 poll of 300 doctors in the United Kingdom found that only 4% of the doctors believed their patients were aware of proper hydration. With over 20% of their patients complaining of fatigue, many of these doctors believe the most common cause is lack of hydration, as many patients report drinking just one glass of water or less per day. The modern guideline is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water to maintain proper hydration; a person weighing 160 pounds would need to drink 80 ounces of water a day, or 10 8-ounce glasses of water. Drinking only one glass of water a day would be vastly less hydration than the body would require for optimal condition.
Given this list, there are sure to be several reasons to drink water that resonate with you and your lifestyle. So whether or not it’s hot or cold outside, or you live an active or sedentary lifestyle, next time you have multiple beverage options, think of the simplest – yet healthiest – option available: clean, delicious, healthy water.
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