Water, quite literally, is life.
We can last weeks without food but only days without water, yet women do not drink nearly enough of it. Maybe because it is seen as unprofessional or disruptive to have to go to the bathroom frequently, it’s a hassle, or that other things are tastier. However, the health and emotional value of water is not to be undervalued.
The prescribed amount of water for women is an average 2.2 liters, or 75 ounces. Water helps prevent headaches, diminish wrinkles, keep of weight and bloat, and help the body function better. There are no downsides to water that justify not drinking enough of it. You might think it will be too much of a hassle, or that you’ll be running to the bathroom all the time. While the bathroom breaks might be true, there is very good reason to grin and bear it.
Water is especially important for women. We are bombarded by cosmetics commercials, diet ads, and exercise regimens in order to make us more beautiful, slimmer, and tighter. What if the magic cure was actually as simple as drinking more water? Moreover, that it was something free and something we already do?
Drinking more water is the first recommended action for improving digestion. If you are feeling bloated, sluggish, or fatigued, water helps. Water flushes out toxins from vital organs, delivers nutrients to cells, keeps membranes moist, and eliminates waste. Basically, it helps your body function better. Nutritionists often suggest drinking hot lemon and water in the mornings to aid toxin removal. This is also a good way to get a head start on your water consumption throughout the day: Start early.
2. Skin Health
Are you banishing wrinkles with expensive creams? Add water to your regimen and see the difference. It keeps the skin hydrated and improves skin elasticity. The woman who originally blasted the benefits of water into the world—Sarah Smith—illustrates how dramatically her skin changed over the course of four weeks. Her under the eye bags diminished significantly and her skin perked up. Even Smith’s husband said cellulite on her legs and bum went away!
3. Weight Management
Drinking enough water helps with weight loss, cutting inches from your abdomen, and reducing hunger. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, driving women to eat instead of drink, and therefore consume more calories than necessary. Multiple studies show that drinking two glasses of water before a meal help people consume less. Furthermore, the way it aids digestion also helps with good metabolism health.
Drinking the approved intake amount of water mitigates feelings of anger, depression, and confusion. Studies show that extended periods of hydration impairs brain function, hindering the ability to concentrate or stay awake. Instead of needing another cup of coffee in the afternoon, it may be as simple as making sure your body is hydrated. Chronic headaches are eradicated through appropriate water intake. Sara Smith’s daily headaches stopped after her first week of drinking enough water as per her neurologists recommendation. Even Michelle Obama promotes water with her ‘Drink Up’ campaign to promote the ‘natural energy drink’ among kids.
While the recommended amount of water is around 2.2 liters, your dose might need to be more depending on your activity level, genes, and age. Similarly, it may not be enough to simply drink more water if the rest of your diet is diuretic-heavy; the consumption of caffeine and alcohol expels water from the body at a rate far greater than it is consumed. A short period of time is insufficient for reflecting the benefit of water in the body – this needs to be a lifestyle change for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Bathroom breaks aside, the universal benefit of water from everything to preventing kidney disease to improving flexibility to warding off hangovers should be convincing enough to at least give 75 ounces a day a try.