There’s no doubt that drinking water’s important, but have
you ever stopped to ask yourself why water’s so essential to your health? This
article will unravel 10 reasons why you should be drinking water for a fit and
lean body. Learn why all the fitness experts and skincare gurus tout the
benefits of water for your health and body.
We’ve all seen these people; you know, the
ones that carry a gallon of water with them everywhere they go. But did you
ever ask yourself why these so-called fitness gurus and skincare experts are
just so obsessed with this liquid?
Well… let’s first start with the big
Did you know that water was one of the
first things that Allah (SWT) created? Allah says in the Quran:
those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a
joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing?
Then will they not believe? (Al-Quran, 21:30)
After 1400 years,
science confirms this Quranic ayah (verse), which means that water is essential
to your being.
As an adult, your body
is composed of, close to, 60-70 per cent water. Your brains, lungs, heart,
liver and kidney contain between 65-85 per cent water.
What this composition of our bodies suggests is that water is so
essential to our function that even just a just a 5 per cent drop in our body’s
fluid levels can lead to a 25 to 35 per cent drop in energy levels.
But that’s just the
half of the story. For example, your body has a limit to the percentage of
dehydration that it can tolerate, and when your body passes this mark, you
start to even damage your DNA! So, not drinking
enough water is a big blow to your body.
And I’m here to tell
you why. In this article, I give you 10 reasons why water is absolutely crucial
for your wellbeing—physically and mentally.
#1: Your entire health
depends on water
is over 90 per cent water. You might be thinking, “So what?”
system is used to transfer oxygen, nutrients and antibodies to each and every
cell. If there is less water available for your blood system, you are basically
stripping your system’s ability to do its job well.
matter how healthy you eat because if you don’t drink enough water, your eating
won’t help your cells function effectively.
because mitochondria, the energy power plants of your cells, need water to keep
you energised. Whenever you are dehydrated, your energy plummets
quickest and easiest way to increase your energy is by drinking water!
#2: Removal of waste
produce a lot of waste. Just like you poo and pee to relieve your body’s waste,
your cells also need to ‘relieve’ this waste, and that’s why there is a
cellular waste management system in your body to help with this excretion. Like
the garbage trucks that clear away the streets, your lymphatic fluid is
responsible for the removal of the waste products from your cells.
lymph fluid is too thin because you’re dehydrated, you’re just going to start
to build up all of these metabolic waste products, aka toxins. When these waste
products aren’t channelled out of your body properly, you are basically asking
for a lot of trouble, such as the DNA damage I mentioned previously.
#3. Your digestion depends
ever-experienced constipation? Most people get constipated because they aren’t
drinking enough water.
fibre, water is essential for good digestion. Water helps dissolve waste
particles and pass them smoothly through your digestive tract.
dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your bowel movements dry
and more difficult to pass.
simple trick to “push down” the waste products is to drink more water!
#4: Water regulates your
Allah (SWT) created a built-in thermostat in
your body. This does an amazing job of regulating your body temperature by
warming up or cooling down your body. But in order for this “thermostat” to
work, you need to drink plenty of water.
By drinking water, your body naturally
regulates its own temperature.
#5: Water helps you to stay
Here is the
thing, even being mildly dehydrated can slow down your metabolism by as much as
3%! In other words, being hydrated is critical to your ability to burn fat!
just by drinking more water, you’re helping to pump up your metabolism — especially
if your water is cold (somewhere 20-220 Celsius). This
is because your body must work to warm the water up, thereby burning a few
extra calories in the process.
#6: Nourish your skin with
Most women spend hundreds of dollars on beauty cremes to look better. The
key to great skin? Drink plenty of water because water is nature’s own beauty cream.
Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Drinking water hydrates skin cells
and plumps them up, making your face look younger.
flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, leaving your
face clean, clear and glowing.
#7: Lower your stress with
85 per cent of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, both your body and
your mind will be stressed. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little
stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle
and sip regularly.
#8: Water is your natural
machines need lubricants to work smoothly, your body also needs to be lubricated.
The best lubricant for your body is water because it allows the smooth movement
of your joints.
your joints, but water is essential for the proper function of your spinal
cord, spinal disks, eyes, and brain.
know that about 70 – 80 per cent of your joint cartilage is made of water? So,
when you’re well-hydrated, your joints work better and you can move easily.
Conversely, dehydration leads to degeneration of your cartilages and severe
pain in your joints.
#9: Water improves your
experience cramps in your muscles when you’re working out? If you do, then you
might want to see if you’re staying hydrated. Drinking water helps prevent
muscle cramping and, as I mentioned before, lubricates joints in the body.
well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the
wall.” In other words, drinking water while working out is a great way of
improving your performance.
#10: Water improves your
focus and cognitive functions
benefit of drinking water is that it helps you with the ability to stay focused
and with your ability to think and remember information.
In a study, researchers found that being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require memory, focus and other cognitive functions. However, by staying hydrated, researchers found that their subjects were more likely to perform better on work that was mentally strenuous.
How Much Water Should You
This is one
of the most frequently asked questions in health forums, and you certainly have
heard the reply that one should aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a
is, there is no consensus among scientist about the average amount of water one
needs daily. Yep,
this 8-glasses theory is not necessarily science based. This is because the
amount of water one needs differs on many different factors, like your size, where
you live, how much exercise you do, what you eat and how much you eat.
said that, 8-glasses a day seems to be a reasonable and safe recommendation. So,
if you can stick to it, you surely can’t go wrong.
need less than eight glasses of water if you drink other unsweetened no-calorie
beverages such as green tea or black tea. And you may need more than eight
glasses of water if you sweat a lot, exercise and/or do a lot of manual
western countries, the water from the tap is much better than the water from
supermarket bottles. So, save your money and start using the water from the tap.
If you are in doubt, boil the water before drinking or, even better, buy a water
some other great tips:
- Start your day with two glasses
of water. This is one of the best things you could do for your health!
- Drink at least one glass of water
30 min. before your meal. You’ll not only be less hungry, but you’ll also
fulfil the Sunnah of eating, which is having your meal consist of 1/3
water, 1/3 food, and 1/3 air (Saheeh, ibn Maajah).
glass of water will not automatically transform your body into a lean and
healthy one, but it, no doubt, bring you closer to your goal.