MANILA, Philippines – Any doctor or health guru will tell you that drinking water is always important to keep your mind, body, and even soul in tip-top shape.
But no other time of the year makes water and hydration more essential than during the summer months.
The unusually high (and, nowadays, often unbearable) temperature makes everyone perspire and want to switch on the A/C. Heat waves dehydrate and often cause heat-induced nausea and heat exhaustion.
Water can help alleviate the summer burn and packs many more benefits. Not a fan of tasteless drinks? You can add a squirt of lemon or lime, a few leaves of fresh mint, or a slice of cucumber or orange.
MindBodyGreen.com gives 10 reasons why drinking water can be the best “medication” there is:
1. Detoxifies your body
Drinking water helps your body flush out toxins when you perspire and urinate. This reduces your chances of getting kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI).
2. Cures headaches
Headaches are commonly caused by dehydration. Water is a natural remedy for relieving headaches and nausea.
3. Helps digestion
Water helps lubricate the intestines and break down food which prevents constipation. This allows your body to absorb the nutrients in your food.
4. Increases energy
Did you know that the brain is 90% water? Drinking water helps you think and focus and makes you more alert. It’s also a great energy booster and stalwart enemy of fatigue.
5. Improves skin complexion
Water is the best beauty treatment. It moisturizes skin, keeps it soft and glowing, and banishes wrinkles.
6. Strengthens immune system
A water addict reduces their risk of getting flu, heart attack, and even cancer. A study found that participants who drink 5 or more glasses of water a day have a much lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease compared to those who drink less than two glasses a day. This is because dehydration worsens heart attack risk factors like blood viscosity.
According to WaterforWork.co.uk, drinking water also helps prevent large bowel cancer by diluting toxic compounds and speeding up the passage of stools to shorten contact of carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) with the bowel lining.
Water also reduces risk for breast cancer. A study suggested that cells need to be hydrated to function properly. Water helps cells combat cancer-causing substances.
7. Prevents cramps and sprains
Staying hydrated lubricates joints and keeps muscles elastic.
8. Helps you lose weight
Water removes by-products of fat and helps you eat less by filling up your stomach before meals. A natural appetite suppressant, it reduces hunger and is one of the few refreshing drinks with absolutely no calories.
9. Saves you money
Water is the cheapest health drink out there. Even when it’s not free, bottled water is still cheaper than other bottled or canned drinks in the store.
10. Puts you in a good mood
No matter what time of the day and what temperature, water refreshes. It enlivens the senses and creates a pervading sense of well-being. Drinking water when you’re angry, stressed, or feeling down can instantly perk you up or help you relax. – With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com