Article written by fitness and health expert and longtime Clearly Filtered customer Tim Liu
When it comes to improving your health and well-being, there are many things you should be doing. Eating lean protein with each meal, having fruits and veggies each day, and performing strength training (with some cardio sprinkled in as well). But one simple thing you can do to improve all aspects of your health and fitness is to drink enough water, especially from the right sources.
After coaching for years I've seen how much water my clients actually drink. It’s pretty obvious that most of us aren’t drinking enough each day. Whenever I start with a new client for the first two weeks I have them track how much food they’re eating along with any and all fluids they’re taking in from whatever sources.
One pattern I’ve noticed is that most of my new clients are terribly dehydrated. A majority of them weren’t drinking enough water. Some of them actually get a majority of their water intake from just coffee, tea, soda, and juices adding empty carbohydrates into their systems.
There are a ton of reasons why staying hydrated is important to the human body. I’ll break down a couple for you.
Being properly hydrated will allow your brain to function at its best. The majority of our bodies are composed of water: about 45-50% of body weight in women and about 50-60% in men. But, our brains are actually made up of 80% water! In fact, even a 2% reduction in hydration can cause a small amount of shrinkage in the brain, leading to several cognitive problems. Drinking water can prevent this in a variety of ways:
Increased cognitive function
Besides the brain benefits, drinking a proper amount of water also aids with digestion, helping us break down food and absorb nutrients. It also helps with constipation issues by softening our stool and flushing toxins out of our bodies.
Our skin contains water as well and drinking plenty of water each day hydrates our skin cells and gives us that nice healthy glow. By getting hydrated, our skin tissues are replenished, moisturized, and the elasticity improves. So, if you want healthy and youthful skin, then hydration is a must.