Cracked, dry lips? Dry, tacky mouth? When was the last time you had a glass of water? Not coffee or tea. Not juice or soft drink. Just plain water . Here’s the thing, by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. There are so many benefits for your mind and body from drinking water—benefits that other drinks just don’t provide. The bottom line is if you are substituting water with other sugary or caffeinated alternatives, you’re in for a whole world of hurt. To be blunt, if you’re not drinking plain water on a daily basis, you could be increasing your risks for diseases such as type 2 diabetes or certain cancers. Here are some scary facts that will encourage you to drink more water.
Dangers of caffeine
Mmmm, the aroma of that morning coffee. But before you reach for your mug, some experts suggest, that you should avoid all caffeine. Just one caffeinated drink will trigger excess neuron activity and your pituitary gland will tell your adrenal gland to start producing adrenalin. Adrenalin: the ‘fight or flight’ state that gives you power to run barefoot from a pack of lions or lift cars off avalanche victims. It’s highly unlikely you need this type of ‘super’ power sitting at a computer desk all day, so that last coffee could leave you irritated, fatigued, confused or with a thumping headache. Caffeine is addictive and dehydrates your body leading to all sorts of other medical issues.
‘Caffeine produces the same effect on your body, like fighting a war on multiple fronts at the same time.’ Stephen Cherniske in his book Caffeine Blues
Sugar ain’t so sweet
Ah, the thirst-quenching moment those sugary bubbles rush down your throat in the heat of summer. There’s a reason it tastes so good too—sugar. If you think that you’re not harming your body this will make you think twice. Research has shown that just one 336-mL soft drink consumed daily heightened the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22%. Even the skinniest soft drink lovers were 18% more likely to also develop this disease. Add to this the risk of tooth decay, obesity and other chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer (specifically endometrial cancer).
Did you know that a 375-mL can contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and a 600-mL bottle has 16 teaspoons of sugar! Don’t be fooled by thinking that you’d be better off having a sports drink either. If you’re not exercising to burn this off, it’s just as detrimental, if not worse, for your health. The links below show some more facts why sugar is so bad for our health:
There’s no doubt about it, water is the best thing to flush out all bacteria and toxins from your body. Drink more water and you will alleviate the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. Our cells need to be sufficiently hydrated to function adequately. If they are dehydrated, they’re less likely to be able to remove harmful substances like those associated with cancer.
The perils of dehydration
Did you know that the biggest contributor to stress is dehydration? The rule of thumb is to make sure you’re having two to three litres of water daily to stay hydrated. Drink more water to prevent degenerative diseases like arthritis, stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, allergies and asthma.
So what do you say? It’s as simple as replacing that cup of coffee or soft drink with a cool glass of fresh water . Take the challenge and see the difference.