Many of us struggle to stay hydrated, but water is one of the most important factors in women’s (and anyone’s) health. Your body uses water for so many different functions that not having enough can take a huge toll on your health. In fact, your body is made up of anywhere between 55-75% water.
Water’s lasting effects on women’s health
An article on water and women’s health published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information says this about water:
“Even small dysfunction in its distribution may cause reversible and later irreversible changes in cell and organ functions.”
Here are some top ways water can benefit a woman’s body and overall health:
- Water allows the brain to function as it should, allowing you to concentrate better and think more clearly.
- Water keeps skin hydrated, which helps prevent dry skin and wrinkles, leaving you looking younger.
- Water helps to lower stress. Water carries hormones where they need to go in the body, so drinking adequate water allows them to function properly.
- Water helps to regulate body temperature.
- Water aids digestion and keeps your gastrointestinal tract healthy (avoiding constipation and other bowel issues).
How much water is enough to be healthy?
We understand that knowing water is important for your body and actually taking the steps to drink enough in a day are two totally different things.
So how much is enough?
Some say eight eight-ounce glasses, but some health experts think more is necessary. Your body generally uses up an average of 12 cups of water a day (depending on your activity level), so shooting for more than eight is not a bad idea. In general, it’s very hard to drink too much water.
Here are some practical ways to stay hydrated throughout the day:
- Always keep a bottle or large cup of water with you.
- Add some lemon or light flavor to your water (just don’t choose one loaded with sugar or other unhealthy ingredients).
- Use an app (like Aloe Bud or Plant Nanny) to help remind you to drink and keep track of your water intake.
- Drink a glass of water with each meal.
If you’re dealing with health issues like indigestion, constipation, mood swings or the inability to concentrate, one possibility is that your body is dehydrated and you need to up your water intake. But these symptoms also could be linked to other causes, so make an appointment with your doctor to find out the root cause.