Are you getting your eight glasses a day? Here’s how your daily dose of water can help you glow – from within!
We all know water is good for us and that we should probably drink more of it.
Why then, do we find it so hard to sip from what’s arguably the fountain of youth?
Answers vary but the fact is, one in 10 of us fails to drink any glasses of water per day, according to a study by Dr Alyson Goodman, a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States.
Those of us who don’t drink any (or very little) are getting it from other sources such as food and hot drinks but this may not be enough.
“Many health risks decrease when you drink plain water,” says Dr Goodman.
Which is why, she says, the results obtained by doing so can be “mindboggling”.
The British singer Joan Armatrading drinks regular mugs of hot water because she says she doesn’t like tea or coffee. At 68, she looks 20 years younger and her voice sounds as good as ever.
However, not all waters are created equal. Enhanced water provides the body with more health benefits than regular water. Just take a look at how it can help:
Your body is composed of about 60 per cent water and performs vital functions such as protecting your organs and tissues, regulating your body temperature and carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells. Essentially, it keeps your body running like a well-oiled machine.
Water moisturises your skin and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid-loss (think free anti-ageing cream). In addition, it can keep your skin fresh and smooth.
Those who guzzle water are at a lower risk of getting sick. This crystal-clear concoction helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments – especially if your water has mild alkaline properties. Including ionised water in your daily intake can give your immune system a boost through added antioxidants, improve aerobic capacity, enhance energy levels, and hydrate your body more fully.
While drinking water may not be a weight-loss strategy per se, substituting high-calorie or sugar-filled drinks for water can help you fight the flab. Water fills you up and therefore acts as a natural appetite suppressant while raising your metabolism.