Obviously, we all know that drinking an adequate amount of water every day is important for our health. It keeps us hydrated, and it allows our kidneys to function properly, and the rest of our body to perform to the best of its abilities.
While there is no set amount of water that everyone should drink everyday for maximum health, the common recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses is generally a safe bet.
At CUWCD, we’re huge fans of water, and we are constantly amazed at all the wonderful benefits water provides to humans. But even we take water for granted sometimes.
In this post, we’re going to go over three of the not-so-common benefits that come with drinking the proper amount of water each day. Are you ready to be surprised?
Water Helps You Breathe
Did you know that drinking water actually makes it easier to breathe? When you get dehydrated, your airways can become restricted. It’s the body’s way of trying to minimize water loss through respiration. If you have asthma or allergies, you’ll notice that your symptoms will become worse when you aren’t drinking enough water.
Water Impacts Mental Health
Dehydration causes higher cortisol levels — aka the stress hormone — which can make it difficult to deal with everyday life. In fact, a study of young women showed that fluid loss of just 1.36% following an exercise session impaired both mood and concentration levels. A similar study of young men showed that a fluid loss of 1.59% impacted memory while causing anxiety and fatigue. Turns out, staying hydrated is good for your mental health just as much as your physical health!
Water Prevents Tooth Decay
When you drink water that has been fluoridated, you’re helping to make your teeth stronger. This makes them more resistant to decay, which is fairly common knowledge. What isn’t as well known is the other benefits water has on your oral health. Water helps to wash away harmful bacteria and sugars that can eat away at your tooth enamel. It also increases saliva production which keeps tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath at bay.