Water and how to make sure it improves your life, improves your mind

This entry is part 24 in the series Improve Your Life, Improve Your Mind

And so we’re into the countdown to the end of the 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge Drinking water, and we’ve come to W. Today we’re looking at the topic, W for Water. How much water should we drink? Is it possible to drink too much? What are the pros of drinking water? And what are the cons? And yes, believe it or not, there are cons.

Have you ever thought of the fact that water is the only drink on the planet where we are told how much we should drink? Interesting, and that alone should tell us a good deal about its importance.

Read on to find out how to benefit most from this extremely useful drink as well as how to avoid the dangers.

Makes you feel good:

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Relieves tiredness: When there is not enough fluid in your body, your blood volume drops and your heart has to pump harder and faster to get sufficient oxygen to brain. 

Lifts your emotions: According to research, even mild dehydration has a negative effect on your mood and your ability to think clearly. Is your brain foggy in the early morning? Drink some more water!

Improves bad breath: By keeping your mouth moist and washed out, water removes food particles and dilutes any left-over bacteria which cause halitosis (bad breath).

Gives you a healthier skin: By improving the blood flow to your capillaries, water moisturizes your skin tissue, improves its elasticity, and decreases your wrinkles!

Regulates your temperature: By allowing your body to sweat more, it also helps to lubricate your muscles and joints. This cuts down on cramps.

Reduces hangovers: Alcohol is a diuretic which makes you pass urine more frequently. This leads to dehydration which is the main cause of the slamming headache the morning after. So two ways to stop suffering from hangover headaches:

1. Drink more water (both with the alcohol and after).

2. Don’t drink alcohol. 

Improves your health:

  • Flushes out toxins: Water flushes out the body through urine and sweat. This assists your kidneys to get rid of the extra mineral salts and other excess material that cause kidney stones.
  • Alleviates headaches: I heard something interesting on a DVD just the other day. The lecturer said, “When you get a headache, the first thing you reach for is an aspirin.” (Not me. I go for Paracetamol, but same principal.) He continued, “Why? Does your body suffer from a deficit of Aspirin?”

His point of course is what I’ve been emphasizing through this series. Don’t just accept symptoms as normal. Find out why they’re happening. And it just could be that when you swallow Aspirin or Paracetamol and the headache goes, it’s not the drug that’s cured the headache. It’s the water you used to flush it down! One of the first signs of dehydration is a headache! So next time you have a headache, swallow a glass of water!

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  •  Assists your liver: The liver is the main organ responsible for detoxifying your body. But to do its job it needs plenty water to keep cleaning out all that harmful junk you have taken in that your body doesn’t need. So keep a bottle of water next to you throughout the day.
  • Reduces high blood pressure: For the same reason above, as your heart pumps harder so your blood pressure goes up. If you are prone to hypertension (high BP) drink plenty water.
  • Fights constipation: If you have too little fluid in your system, your body pulls it from your stools, making them hard and difficult to pass.
  • Helps to fight flu or even a bad cold by flushing out the toxins. Go one step further and drink it hot with a dash of fresh lemon juice.
  • Fight off some types of cancer. Even if this is only some types, I reckon that alone is a good reason to up your water consumption, right?

Need to lose weight? 

You got it. Drink more water!

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  • Drink a glass of water a few minutes before sitting down to a meal. It will decrease your appetite, giving you a sense of fullness.
  • Water helps your body burn fat and eliminate fat cells. 
  • It is the perfect diet drink. It contains no sugar! No sugar, no calories! It’s not a low-calorie drink. It has no calories.
  • The water you drink helps break down the carbohydrates you’ve eaten as well as flushing out your body.
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Now for the warnings:

And yes, there are a few. A very few.

Over hydration: Drinking water in excessive amounts, say during a marathon or when doing a long spell of exercise, can be dangerous, although it is really highly unlikely. Don’t drink more than a liter of water an hour!

Too much water means the kidneys can’t cope and so the excess water enters the body cells and causes them to swell. This can lead to seizures and even death. One woman is on record as having died after drinking four liters in an hour. So if you haven’t reached your quota for the day, don’t try to do it all in one go!

Drinking to much water can lead to over-sweating, which is unpleasant and amazingly can even cause symptoms of dehydration. 

Insomnia can be caused by having to get up to the toilet too often during the night. Experts suggest you stop ingesting fluids three hours before lights out.

Dehydration on diuretics. Many people with high blood pressure are put on diuretics to make them pass more urine. Their logic is often they have to therefore drink less. The opposite is true. They must still drink plenty to replace the water they are losing through frequent urination.

Final  Advice:

So how much water should you drink? There are formulas to work this out, but the general opinion is approximately eight glasses of water a day for an average sized person is sufficient. 

How to keep track?

  • Keep a chart.
  • A four-liter container filled in the morning will help you see how you’re doing.
  • Get a fitbit to help you keep up to date.

Have a great day, and keep that water flowing!

 

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16 comments on “Water and how to make sure it improves your life, improves your mind

  1. Lots of important and interesting points in your post.
    The trick is to keep drinking small amounts of water through the day. That will keep your hydrated while not putting pressure on our organs like kidney.
    Enjoyed reading your posts, through the month. Looking forward to your future posts as well.

  2. GReat info Shirley and most people don’t drink enough water. I like that you also mentioned that we can overdo it. We have not had any alcohol for 8 weeks and replaced with water plus of course I drink water when exercising. The colour of you urine tells you when you are dehydrated. Nearly at the end of the challenge Shirley.

    • Yes, I found it interesting the risk for marathon runners etc of overdoing it. And yes, we’re nearly there! I’ll be glad when it’s over but the joke is my book is over too. I’ve just completed working through the proof I received in the middle of my BP drama, so tomorrow I will sit and read the pdf version at a sitting to be sure nothing’s fallen off the wagon, and then send it into the publisher. Then that’s it – for better or for worse! This has been quite a month! But it’s been rewarding too.

  3. I usually go for about a gallon a day. It varies depending on exercise, etc. But the “annoying” side effect is constant potty breaks. I guess there’s a downside to everything…

  4. Shirely, a very useful post. Adding my two cents here – I read this somewhere that drinking 10-12 mandatory glasses of water is a marketing gimmick. If we eat more raw than our requirement of water goes down. I am eating raw till lunch, so my consumption of water has gone down, as raw makes you less thirsty. Also, one point, we should always sit down and drink water, as it doesn’t affect the knee and ankle joints as much. Furthermore, we should drink warm water with lemon juice after meals to assist in digestion.

    • HI Anshu. Yes, I think 10-12 glasses is too much. I’ve never heard of the “raw” topic before. That’s interesting. I can’t quite see why sitting down would make a difference to the knee and ankle, but then I don’t normally drink standing up anyway! 🙂

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