Proper hydration is paramount to good health, and one would do well to establish some daily habits to drink enough water. Dehydration isn’t the only consequence of having too little water to drink. A lot of research has been done on this subject, and below are some bits you might find interesting.
– A recent study from University of Washington demonstrated that dieters can effectively relieve night hunger by drinking a glass of water.
– Dehydration is the Number 1 cause of fatigue during the day
– Drinking 8-10 glasses a day has been shown to relieve joint and back pain for 80% of people who suffer from them.
– A mere 2% reduction in your body’s water content will cause short term memory loss, difficulty concentrating and performing mental functions like mathematics.
– Drinking 5 glasses of water a day can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 75%, and bladder cancer by 50%
In order to maximize the benefits you will get from your daily drinking, consider the following practices.
2 glasses after waking will help activate your internal organs
A glass of water a half hour before a meal helps digestion
A glass before taking a shower helps reduce blood pressure
A glass of water at bedtime can prevent a heart attack
However, don’t just reach for your tap water until you have inquired about its quality. Many unwanted things find their way in our tap water, some of them were even introduced intentionally, like fluoride. It turns out fluoride is a powerful toxin and should not be ingested. But that is for another article altogether.
To find out what your tap water is made of, you can head to the Environmental Working Group’s website to enter your zip code and find out about your local water.
You can also request your local water utility to send you a report. Some cities send this information anyways. Be well.