Water is what keeps us alive and healthy. It helps carry nutrients to the cells in our body, keeps our organs functioning, and assists with digestion among many other things. Water plays a particularly important role in supporting our body’s detoxification process. Here is why water may be the most important part of your detox plan.
Drinking water helps us in many ways to flush out toxins. For example, without water, our digestive system would not be able to work properly. The contents of the colon would become too dry and we would get constipated. Water softens the stool, which means it helps us quickly and naturally get rid of waste.
Water is also very important for our kidneys. The kidney's role is to filter and expel toxins from the blood and urine. In order for the kidneys to do their body-cleansing job well, they depend on water.
Most other fluids besides water are nowhere near as beneficial. Drinks such as soda, black tea, coffee, and pretty much all sugary drinks do the opposite of what they’re supposed to. Instead of hydrating us, they can leave us even more dehydrated. As a result, we will have to drink even more water to become adequately quenched. Drinks can be vessels for delivering very high sugar and sodium content, which is why it’s important to avoid anything like this during a detox.
Health and nutrition experts will tell you to drink eight to ten glasses of water every day. For some, this may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. To make it easier to achieve this recommended amount, considering splitting the day up into two; drink 4-5 glasses of water in the morning, then finish the day with another 4-5.
To make it even simpler, tailor your water to the temperature you prefer by adding ice or keeping it at room temp. You can also amp-up the excitement by squeezing in some lemon.
Water doesn’t just help our internal organs, it also has plenty of external benefits during a detox, and every other day for that matter. For starters, a hot, relaxing bath in nothing but pure water increases blood flow throughout the skin and opens the pores, supporting the detoxification process.
Now, add some exercise for a double-detox effect. Just like bathing, exercise helps you sweat out toxic substances. It will also get your bowels moving, which is another benefit during a detox. Furthermore, drinking water helps to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
Among the things that make our body work are electrical messages which are transferred across cells. For this, we need electrolytes, a type of salt where the ions have a positive or negative charge. The electrolytes regularly need to be replaced, which is the job of the kidneys. If electrolytes are not replaced, we become dehydrated, consequently affecting our health.
Now, most folks may know that it is important to hydrate and that electrolytes are beneficial. But here is the deal, unless you are a high-intensity or professional athlete, there is no reason to consume fancy sports drinks or electrolyte supplements. Nutrition experts say that drinking water contains enough electrolytes for those who exercise regularly. That’s why one of the best things you can do to rehydrate is drink pure water.
Aside from its importance during detoxing, water keeps us healthy and fit in many more ways. Proper hydration is now believed to **play an important role in preventing arthritis and other ailments because it reduces inflammation and promotes a healthy heart. Last but not least, drinking water can also slow the signs of aging and assist with weight loss.