It’s Great to Hydrate: Why Drinking Water is Essential
It’s no surprise to anybody that drinking water is good for you. In fact, it’s more than good—it’s essential for humans to take in water to survive. While this may come in the form of other liquids like juice, soft drink, coffee, powerade, or anything else, the ideal way to hydrate your body is with straight-up H2O, no added sugar or anything else.
The benefits of drinking water are many. Here are some of the most significant:
Drinking water helps to keep your body cool. Blood vessels close to the surface of your skin expand in the heat, allowing more blood to flow there and dissipate more heat into the air. This process is hampered when you are dehydrated; higher temperatures are required for the vessels to widen, making you overheat more easily.
Drinking water helps with cleansing your body—and can even prevent kidney stones!Kidneys, of course, form a significant part of your body’s waste-removal system. They use water to help filter and flush waste, and do not work effectively when dehydrated. Water dilutes concentrations of the minerals which build up to become stones, reducing your chances of this painful ailment.
Drinking water can boost your metabolism.A study from 2003 showed that drinking half a litre of water resulted in “water-induced thermogenesis”, whereby metabolic rate increased up to 30% for up to half an hour. That’s great news for anyone looking to lose some weight!
Drinking water can relieve and prevent some headaches. Ever found yourself with a headache after a hot and sweaty workout? This is likely a dehydration headache—which, of course, can be prevented and treated with hydration.
Drinking water promotes cardiovascular health. When you are dehydrated, your blood volume is less, so your heart has to work harder to pump it around. This makes activity including exercise more difficult.
Drinking water improves muscle and joint function. Water inside and outside of the cells in contracting muscles helps them along by efficiently removing waste and providing adequate nutrients.
It is likely apparent from the benefits listed above that drinking water is especially important before, during, and after a workout. Keeping hydrated while exercising keeps you cool, reduces your chance of headaches, improves muscle and cardiovascular function, and even increases your metabolism—all fantastic effects which allow you to smash a workout session and recover well.
For those reasons, it’s important to have a water bottle with you at all times during exercise. For the sake of our planet’s health as well as our own, a reusable water bottle is ideal.
Refresh and Recover bottles boost your workouts in more ways than one. They are large at one-litre capacity, so you can bring plenty of water along on your workout. The insulative properties of the metal bottle keep water icy cold. And the foam roller that’s wrapped around the bottle offers benefits beyond those just hydration-related: muscle recovery, pain relief, and tension release. Get hydrated with Refresh and Recover!