Why water is amazing

It’s hot out. You’re caked in a thick layer of gooey sweat despite the five fans going off in your room. Your tongue feels dry and out of place in your mouth: you need a drink. You force yourself upstairs and open the fridge.
A lone bottle of water is the only drink you see.

You take it, unscrew the cap and take a sip. It’s so cool to the touch and immediately your tongue starts to feel less like an awkward piece of cardboard sitting in your mouth.
You drink more and more and more until you realize- oh crap- it’s all gone.

In hot weather like today, water is so essential to staying functional. While you could get away with iced teas, lemonades and Gatorades all day you’d certainly be missing out.

On what you ask? Health benefits, that’s what!

Here are some reasons why water is something to be drunk every day and not just when you’re sweaty and delirious:

Good for your skin

  • I’ve had a million relatives come up to me and say, “Is that water you’re drinking? Oh that’s great, it’s so good for your skin!” And they’re right! By drinking water you help improve the appearance of your skin. It makes sense since we’re made up of mostly water. Models have even admitted their biggest secret to amazing skin is drinking a ton load of water. So to reduce the risk of pimples, drink up!

Washes out toxins

  • So many things we eat are processed, unnatural and simply put- not good for us. Thankfully, water can help release all the toxins we ingest from these foods. It is the best digestive aid to drink when your stomach is in knots. One of my favorite methods to relieve gas is to heat up water and place a dry bay leaf in it. Sometimes I’ll add a pinch of honey but nothing more. These two combined together have helped soothe my stomach countless times in the past.

Aids weight loss

  • Empty calories aren’t good for anybody and most “soft drinks” have exactly that. You might think you’re getting away with something by having an iced tea with that salad but you’re not. Albiet, that’s better than soda which can be used to remove blood stains from fabric, eh heh. With water, you don’t have to worry about any added calories sneaking in and here’s a plus: the more you drink the more full you feel.

Brain booster and mood lifter

I’ve always found that when I’m cranky, drinking water helps. It clears my mind and helps me re-focus on whatever it is I’m doing. I can’t say the same for soda: as soon as I drink that stuff I’ll either find myself getting gas- excuse my frankness- or a sugar rush. Trust me when I say I don’t need either and I doubt you do too. Not convinced? According to the University of East London (UEL), bringing water into exams can actually improve your grade. Just as long as that’s not the only thing you rely on of course!

Hopefully you knew most of these things innately. Still, it’s always good to beat an old drum every once and a while. And by the way, as I typed this, do you know what I drank?

A soda.

Just kidding. It was a water. Stay thirsty my friends.

By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.

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