When you always have access to basic living necessities, it’s easy to take them for granted, which means many of us rarely have to think about how important food and water are. Lately, I’ve been on a personal mission to pinpoint the many small things that I take for granted in my life, and to be more grateful for them.
Just a few years ago in Flint, Michigan, an infrastructure crisis left an entire city with contaminated water containing lead and other dangerous toxins. Water crises can happen no matter where you live, even if you consider yourself to be in a prosperous area where something as crucial as water is readily available.
It took years for Flint citizens to get clean water back, and their elected officials’ top concerns were severely misdirected along the way. Water helps our personal health every day, which is why it’s so important to have access to it. This is something that many of us probably seriously take for granted, but it’s so much more important than we realize. I’ve covered the Flint story and others like it a lot recently, and in the aftermath of my research, I decided to compile a list of some of the crucial ways water helps our bodies and minds function every day.
It Aids Digestion
Do you remember your parents telling you to drink more water when you’d eaten too much pasta or bread? Turns out, they were right. Water acts as a lubricant to your digestive tract. Without it, you’d get stopped up no matter what you ate, which can cause serious complications.
Water Prevents Headaches
Everyone knows the human body is made up of mostly water, but when you get a headache, it can be hard to think about anything other than the pain you’re feeling. Dehydration is a proven migraine trigger. If you didn’t have access to clean water, even the tiny things you do during your normal routine would be difficult.
It Improves Energy Levels
Because the human body is made up of mostly water, you’ll find yourself more energized by re-hydrating in the morning and afternoon than if you drink your usual cup of coffee. Water restores your body to its highest-functioning capacity without any of the negative effects that caffeine can have on your system. Don’t have time for a glass of water? Go by the grocery store to fill up on fluid-rich foods. You’ll get a delicious snack and all-natural energy at the same time.
Water Protects Joints and Cartilage
If you don’t have any aches and pains, it’s easy to forget your body needs cartilage in your joints to help you move around without any trouble. To keep yourself from losing mobility, drink lots of water and eat water-focused foods to help build and restore cartilage in your joints.
Not sure if your water is as clean as it should be? Look up what your local water testing facility does to ensure drinkable water for your area. Many plants are taking advantage of the complex technology and systems we have available nowadays to naturally purify water. Stay informed on what your town is doing so you can feel comfortable when you turn the tap on.
Water is so important to your health because your body needs it to keep your everyday functions on the right track. By not drinking enough water, you could lose focus, energy and the ability to process the foods you eat throughout the day. Not to mention, dirty water causes some serious diseases.
Chances are the water you drink now is fine, so take a moment to appreciate that glass of ice-cold H2O after your next jog. Stay informed and stay always grateful, friends.