Ten reasons to Drink More WaterMay 7, 2018
May 6-12 is National Drinking Water Week and to celebrate the National Tribal Water Center, a program of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, teamed with Alaska Native and American Indian celebrities for the Drink More Water campaign.
Visual artist and activist Bunky Echo-Hawk is the first celebrity to be featured in the campaign encouraging our people to enjoy the health benefits that come with drinking water.
Here are 10 reasons to Drink More Water!
- Keeps your skin looking good
Skin is the largest organ of the human body and benefits from water. When the body is not getting enough water, dehydration has shown to make skin dry, tight and flaky.
- Increases physical performance
Not drinking enough water can cause physical performance to suffer. When exercising, the body loses some water weight through sweating. Be sure to drink more water – especially during intense exercise or when in high heat.
- Improves mood, concentration and helps avoid headaches
The brain is composed of 73 percent water. As a result, it is not surprising that dehydration can affect brain function.
- Increases metabolism and aids weight loss
Staying hydrated is good for everyone and plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight. Choosing water instead of high-calorie, sugary beverages helps you feel full and is a great way to control calorie intake.
- Assist with digestion
Adult bodies are about 60 percent water. Babies and kids have more water as a percentage than adults. Water helps our bodies with digestion, circulation and transportation of nutrients.
- Decreases kidney stones and constipation
Water helps the kidney and colon flush toxins and waste out of the body to ensure organs do their job.
- For a healthier smile and stronger teeth
Water is good for your teeth! One of our bodily fluids is saliva, which is the body’s first defense against tooth decay.
- Helps people suffering from allergies
When you have allergies, you can also have postnasal drip from a stuffy nose. Drink more water to thin the mucus in your nasal passages and give some relief.
- Reduces joint pain
Water helps your body lubricate and cushion joints as well as protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
- Regulates blood pressure for a healthy heart
Dehydration can cause a strain on the heart. If you are dehydrated, the heart will try to work harder and beat faster. Dehydration can also cause a decrease in blood volume circulating in your body.
For more information, visit tribalwater.org.
Health benefits come from studies found in the National Institutes of Health, US National Library of Medicine.