College of DuPage Nursing Student Ellen Olsen writes that water is an important part of the human body and without it, we probably would not last more than a few days. Not only does our body depend on water, but our cells and organs also depend on it. Water helps everything function. MedlinePlus recommends drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses per day; although a gallon is double the recommendation the excess just ends up excreted. Drinking water, along with proper diet, and exercise can have a tremendous impact on your overall health and vitality!
- Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
An adult body consists of about 60% water. Bodily functions such as digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva formation, and maintenance of body temperature are all influenced by water. The body is always trying to maintain homeostasis, or a healthy level of electrolytes and minerals, for enough energy throughout the day; a key role in cell and tissue function. Drinking water helps maintain balance throughout your entire body.
- Water Can Help Control Calories.
Water has been considered an essential part of the diet for many years and a great substitute for high calorie drinks. It’s common to feel more hungry than thirsty if not enough water is consumed; symptoms like an empty stomach or a low energy level can be alleviated from drinking enough water. A 2015 study from Oxford University found obese adults who drank about 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before their meals ate fewer calories and lost 2.6 more pounds than those who imagined that their stomachs were full before eating.
- Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.
As previously stated, our cells and organs depend on adequate hydration to keep things in motion, especially our digestive tract to prevents constipation; a lack of fluid in the colon pulls water away from stools resulting in constipation. Water helps dietary fiber swell up as it moves it way through the digestive system, assisting with peristalsis, a wave-like contraction of muscles in the bowels. In layman’s terms, you poop more regularly and easily.
My boyfriend and I have been trying to do this for so long. I have never been that person to ever drink water consistently, rather, reaching for a soda. Drinking a gallon of water a day IS NOT an easy thing to do, but it is do-able. Replacing sugary sodas with a water, has helped me to feel more energetic, helps my skin, overall feeling, increase satiety, and (TMI) makes those times in the bathroom easier. I recommend do this as part of a successful diet. Remember: YOU CAN DO IT!