We all know that water is crucial for good health. After all, our bodies are made up of 2/3 water, and they can only function when we have enough water to stay hydrated. But there’s so much more to it than just basic bodily functions! You’ll find that raising your water intake can do some pretty amazing things for your health. Here are a few of the surprising benefits of water you might not have known:
Water Boosts Your Wellbeing
That’s right: water can raise your quality of life! Studies have proven that water can help to reduce both headaches and migraines, thereby improving the quality of life for headache sufferers. Just seven glasses of water a day is all it’ll take to boost your wellbeing and help combat those headaches. It’s worth having a bit more water in your life in order to feel better!
Water Combats Pain
Did you know that a lack of water can make you feel more sensitive to pain? When your body is in a dehydrated state, you are more susceptible to pain, so you’ll react more strongly to pain stimuli. A study found that people who were dehydrated reacted more strongly to exposure to extreme cold (ice water) than people who had consumed enough water. If getting more water can help to reduce your pain response, it’s definitely worth doing, right?
Water Cuts Cravings
We all know that water can be filling—after all, it’s liquid sloshing around in your stomach, occupying space that would otherwise contain food. But that’s not all water can do! According to some studies, drinking more water can help you to stay on top of your food intake, and may help to reduce cravings. Dehydration is often misinterpreted by the brain as hunger signals, so you end up eating when really your body just wants water. But, if you’re drinking enough water throughout the day, you’re far less likely to get those incorrect and misinterpreted signals. Plus, you’ll always have liquid in your stomach, so you’ll end up eating only when your body is properly craving nutrients, not just feeling empty.
Water Improves Erections
This one seem like a bit of a stretch, but it’s absolutely not! One of the main benefits of water is its ability to keep the electrical synapses in your brain firing, helping to transmit the electrical energy between the various parts of your brain and body. Well, a lot of those synapses are responsible for controlling the parts of your brain that regulate arousal, pleasure, and, of course, the blood flow that enables you to get an erection. And, water also helps to improve function of the glands that produce critical hormones like testosterone—and we all know how that one works with your reproductive system!
Water Keeps Your Body Nourished
The water itself doesn’t actually provide nourishment—water itself contains nothing beyond beautiful hydration and moisture—but it ensures that your body is able to spread around the nutrients absorbed in your small intestines. And your small intestines need water in order to absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat. Without water, your body would be so focused on absorbing moisture that it will often fail to absorb the minerals, vitamins, fiber, and other crucial minerals. But with plenty of water in your diet, your body will be better able to deliver the fats, sugars, and amino acids that are needed by all of your organs, muscles, and tissue. It’s thanks to water that your cells keep living and functioning properly!