Most of us consume a variety of beverages throughout the day; we usually start each morning with coffee, consume sports drinks after exercise, or indulge in some of our favourite soda drinks from time to time. But how often do we drink water?
According to a study done by Brita, 78% of Canadians agree that they should be drinking more water than they do. As a matter of fact, the study found that less than 50% of Canadians are actually drinking the daily recommended intake!
So, why is water so important for us?
According to WebMD here are benefits of drinking the daily recommended amount:
Helps Maintain Body Fluids
Water is essential in the creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.
Helps Control Calories
If you’re working hard to limit calorie intake, replacing soda or sugar-heavy beverages with water will do wonders for your goals.
Dehydration can lead to an imbalance of fluids in your muscles, forcing the electrolytes to contract and for muscles to feel fatigued.
Keeps Skin Looking Good
Our skin has a lot of water in it. Aside from using lotions and moisturizers, drinking plenty of water can help keep it looking healthy.
Kidneys help cleanse our body of toxins and drinking plenty of water aids that process.
Maintains Normal Bowel Function
Getting the right amount of water can help eliminate constipation as it keeps things flowing in your gastrointestinal tract.