Water, Water Everywhere
Water cools my drinks
and water warms my teas.
It makes my yard look green
from the grass up to the trees.
I’d never get to sled
if there weren’t many snows.
(And without the white stuff
there’d be homeless Eskimos!)
I drink it from my hands
when I’m playing with baboons
and if I want to shock someone
I fill it in balloons.
It’s pretty when it falls
down a mountain or as rain.
I like it takes my business
and it whisks it down the drain!
Why it’s so important
The human body uses water for the functions that sustain life. This makes H20 one of the most important nutrients for our bodies. In other words, without water– we are nothing.
Our bodies are made up of 60% water. Every single function and organ in our bodies depends on it to function correctly. It helps to flush out toxins, transports nutrients, regulate body temperature and provide moisture to membranes.
Keep in mind you lose water every minute through sweat, breathing and using the restroom– so it’s essential that you’re constantly replenishing your body with more aqua.
1.) Fountain of youth
We all want to look younger, but how can water help us achieve a younger look? It acts as a natural facelift as it flushes out toxins. Staying hydrated results in fresh looking, youthful skin. Yes, please!
2.) Flushes out toxins
Our kidneys function to eliminate toxins and waste products from the blood and urine. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys won’t have enough fluids to function properly. Instead of flushing waste through the bladder, your body will hold onto the toxins.
3.) Weight loss
According to a 2010 study, all it takes to lose weight is two 8-ounce glasses of water right before you eat– sign us up!
In the study, researchers from Virginia Tech found that over a 12 week period, dieters who drank water before meals, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.
So– how does this work? Well, water takes up space in the stomach, which means drinking it before eating– and with a meal– can help you eat less.
It’s also calorie free so it’s a perfect alternative to high-calorie drinks like alcohol, sugary fizzy drinks and sodas that often contribute to weight gain.
4.) Helps with digestion
It many not be necessary to drink water in order to digest our food, but it’s very useful. Drinking water while you eat can help break down food and digest it faster.
5.) Treats headaches
What’s worse than a headache? Not much. The good news is, if you have a headache or migraine, the first thing that you can do to get some relief is drink plenty of H20. Headaches and migraines are often triggered by dehydration, so drinking fluids, particularly water– can work wonders.
6.) Mood enhancer
Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Try grabbing an ice cold glass of water. Research indicates that mild dehydration (even one or two percent lower hydration level of hydration than optimal) can negatively affect your mood and ability to think.
7.) Healthy, younger looking skin
We like anything that helps us look younger. Our skin contains a lot of water– and if you are dehydrated– your skin looks more dry and wrinkled. With proper hydration, the look and feel of our skin can improve greatly.
8.) Helps kidneys function
When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. On the flip side– when your body isn’t getting enough fluids– urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones– especially in warmer areas.
What can’t water do? Keep in mind about 20% of our fluid intake comes from the food we eat. Fruits and other water rich foods are always a plus.
To reap all the benefits, doctors suggest drinking at least half your body weight in ounces each day. This means a 152 pound adult would need 76 ounces of water daily to remain at optimal health.
Follow these guidelines and we promise you’ll notice a difference in how you feel. Your mind and body will thank you!
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.