I had to learn about the good that water does for your body the hard way. I never used to drink water, I never wanted to drink water and it was like the last resort.. I am lactose intolerant and I would try to drink chocolate milk before a glass of water. I learned the importance when I first started my weight loss journey for the 4th time. LOL did you notice what I said there? For the 4th time?! LOL see, I’m not a quitter! I just cant follow through with anything… obviously because how many mondays should have been a “whats on the menu monday” and how many tuesdays should have been “motivation tuesdays” so far and I’ve only done one of each?! My shortfalls are not the point today. Today we are talking about water. Below will be an adapted list of the reasons that you should consider adding more water to your daily consumption or why it is a good thing that you have water as a big part of your food/beverage intake. I can for a fact say that it is probably what caused most of the weight loss for me during the military diet because I drank more water than anything because I was still hungry!
The Importance Of Water
Flushes out toxins- to go along with the statement below, there is the scientific answer and then there is my interpretation of it. Basically, the more water you take in, the more your body flushes your system through sweating or urination and this takes all the toxins out with it.
Boosts your immune system- long story short.. #waterislife. We all know that I am not a scientist and you can google everything that I have said here so I am sure that you can google how it boosts your immune system but the most important part to take away from all the science stuff is that if you drink plenty of water, you will help your body to fight off infections and diseases.
Promotes weight loss- as you know, your body is 70% water and your brain is 90% water. When you go through your day and use up the water for energy and sweat etc, the water needs to be replaced to keep a constant cycle going. I found during the military diet that the water that I was drinking during the day curbed my hunger and made it so that I could eat later on instead of the little portion and then starving all day. I am pretty sure that the amount of water that you drink to make yourself not feel the hunger is what caused my weight loss!
Improves skin condition- I have noticed that my skin is much clearer when I am drinking water than it is when I “fall off the wagon” and drink some soda or tea. I have less breakouts and my skin is more combination than oily. I guess because I am going to have combination skin anyway but when I am drinking sugary things, my skin is mostly oily. The only breakouts I get now are attributed to that time of the month or stress and when I say stress, I mean like “OMG if I dont do something this is going to explode.. or blah blah will die or I will crash into a wall” LMAO long story short.. if its not news worthy it doesnt break me out.
Helps maintain regularity- This is another place where I will go into personal details which it may be a little TMI so you can scroll past if you must. I had a period of about a year where I unknowingly poisoned my body daily. I was constantly every day drinking “add water” Lipton Tea powder in a plastic deer park water bottle.. the same one.. every day.. all day… for a month. I developed some sort of condition where swallowing water, a drink, tea, and food would send me to the bathroom IMMEDIATELY! I couldnt eat out, eat during a road trip, or anything and yes liquid also had me in the bathroom.. not urinating! NEVER reuse disposable water bottles! I had no idea! If anyone reading this has ever had RNY surgery and knows what dumping syndrome is… picture my life hell. After I realized that there was mold in the bottle and under the cap ( which I wish I would have seen way long before). I stopped drinking out of the bottle and started mixing the tea in a glass but at that point I guess it was too late and the damage was done to my body. For 5 years, I struggled with constant diarrhea and sensitivity to eating food. Since starting my weight loss journey… you know.. for the 4th time, I have been able to regulate everything with the addition of drinking water. This doesnt mean one glass a day either!
Prevents headaches and migraines- I could tell you scientific facts here but this part hits so close to home, I will use my own personal story here. I suffer from severe migraines to which I have prescription drugs to help me function in life while I am in a never ending migraine tunnel. I used to get migraines OFTEN. Sometimes, I would get a migraine and it would stay for a week or up to two weeks at full force. I would be nauseous or throw up, cant eat, cant sleep OR all i do is sleep, angry, sad, and a mix of 100 other emotions because it is pure pain. Probably why my pain tolerance is so high. I dealt with this for so many years of my life. This 4th time starting my weight loss journey that I keep speaking about is because I actually started doing the right things this time. I started drinking water! I bought 1,000 bottles that were cute to put my water in because I like for things to be aesthetically pleasing to keep my attention and I actually make a conscious effort to drink the water! I have not had a bad migraine in about 2 years EXCEPT for this one week which was actually 4 weeks ago when I was VERY stressed out and no amount of medication or water wanted to help me. That is beside the point. If I would have paid attention, I could have cleared this issue for myself long ago! DRINK YOUR WATER!!
Increases energy- Along with the response below on the brain, the lack of fatigue allows you to have increased energy when your body feels good from the clean natural water as opposed to teas, coffees, sugars and any combination of the three.
Relieves fatigue- Your brain is made up of mostly water. The constant replenishing of water in your body helps to allow you to think and concentrate better.
Your body needs the water to cycle at all times. This is the moral of the story. Water is life. Without water our bodies would not survive. Drink more water.. lose some weight on accident and send me your before and after photos to smile at!