It is no magic bullet but by this time we all know that water is important to keep our bodies healthy. For good reason, our bodies are composed majority of water. Our body cannot process nutrients and vitamins without water. Aside from the widely publicized health benefits of drinking lots of water, there are other benefits that are left in the fringes. It is time to highlight other health benefits of water that are currently stuck on the fences waiting to get some recognition. In the spirit of motivation and interest, here are some of the less popular health benefits of drinking water.
Water and high blood sugar
A French research reported that drinking at least four eight-ounce glasses of water per day can greatly reduce the risk of developing high blood sugar. In a study of men and women with normal blood sugar levels those who drank more than 34 ounces of water were found to be 21 percent less likely to develop hyperglycemia in the next nine years compared to those who drank less than 34 ounces of water each day. While researchers believe that more tests should be conducted, there is a very solid proof that water indeed is beneficial in lowering blood sugar which, if remains elevated can lead to serious health issues.
Water and eye health
While there are other factors that contribute to the cause of dry eyes, dehydration is among the leading reasons of dry eyes. Drinking more water can help solve the problem of dry eyes. Dry eyes can be actually a symptom that the body is dehydrated. It is recommended to drink at least 12 glasses of water for males and nine glasses of water for females. The recommended allowances increase if the temperature is high and also if there is increased physical activity. Dry eyes can become a nuisance because it may strip the eyes of moisture that can naturally combat infections that may lead to conjunctivitis or other more serious eye infections.
Water and insomnia
Insomnia is the inability to get uninterrupted and high quality of sleep. Drinking plenty of water may not totally cure insomnia but can contribute to better sleep. A dehydrated body may suffer from imbalance that could impact how well we sleep. Drinking extra glasses of water could help. The only caveat is the fact that excessive water may also get in the way of a restful sleep because you may get up more often during the night to pee. However, this is only a temporary and very mild setback compared to the long-lasting health benefits of keeping the body hydrated.
Water and anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety often surface when the body lacks the amount of water it needs. Dehydration can be one of the causes of anxiety since water improves the brain function. When the body is not getting enough water it can induce anxiety and stress. The need to rebalance the body’s fluid is communicated to the brain that often sends signals that could manifest as stress and anxiety. Water may not cure anxiety but can help calm the nerves and elevate the mood.
Water and menstrual cramps
Women would often feel pain and discomfort when dealing with menstrual cramps. In some women, the cramps are managed through painkillers. However, studies show that when the woman’s body has an imbalanced pH level she must stay away from sugar and sodium to prevent bloating and increase water intake while having their period.
Water and digestion
Water is essential for chemical digestion in the body. It is also important in the process of releasing waste products from the final process of digestion in the gastrointestinal tract. Increased water intake prevents constipation and also allows better toxin flush when waste products are to be eliminated from the body. Thus, healthy digestion includes proper hydration plus a healthy number of probiotics or beneficial bacteria in the body to help in the digestion of food.
Water is great to improve metabolism and even give you a better outlook in life. Water is vital and we should make sure that everyone has access to clean and refreshing water. Water is our birthright and no one should take it away from us for it may spell life and death.