Our bodies are made up of 70% water by nature, which makes hydration crucial to many bodily processes from nourishing our skin to supporting our metabolism, digestion, urinary tract and helping to fight signs of fatigue.
1. Not drinking enough water causes our blood to become viscous which slows our heart rate down. When blood is not efficiently pumped to our tissues, oxygen is markedly reduced which creates feelings of fatigue.
2. Water keeps our digestion running smoothly without a hitch. Dehydration is the leading cause of constipation which can affect nutrient uptake and the elimination of toxins from our system. Our skin is in need of vital vitamins and minerals for cellular regeneration and repair.
3. Drinking water creates a feeling of satiety. It is recommended to drink water 1 hour before a meal or 1 hour after a meal to avoid diluting gastric juices that are necessary for effective digestion.
4. Water keeps our joints well-lubricated. Cartilage, or the padding around our joints, is mainly made up of water. Consuming adequate amounts of water daily helps to keep cartilage functioning at its optimum, especially during physical exertion.
5. Our skin consists of an acid mantle that is made up of water and oil. When we become dehydrated, our skin’s balance is thrown off kilter and can result in dry and cracked skin conditions, which are also precursors to wrinkling. What’s more, diminishing water intake can cause sebum to up its ante, which can lead to acne and an oily complexion.