The more you drink the best it is for your body. Many of us think that increasing our intake of water can offer numerous health benefits such as increased fat burning, more energy, less appetite… But what does science say in that matter ?
Is drinking too much water really beneficial for our health? Or is it just one of those common beliefs that we apply without ever questioning it ?
Is drinking too much water bad for your health ?
People who drink many glasses of water per day even though they’re not thirsty carry water bottles everywhere they go and make a lot of toilet trips through the day. What they don’t know is that drinking too much water can become dangerous.
Never thought that “water intoxication” exist ? Well, drinking an exaggerated amount of water as in water drinking contests can lead to a condition known as water intoxication which can be deadly. The body’s cells need a constant balance of different electrolytes (salts), these salts can escape your body with your pee and sweat. While exercising you tend to sweat a lot, consequently, adding some electrolytes to your water is very important or buy some of those sport drinks that already include the necessary salts to replace the lost amounts.
And one more thing, NEVER participate in a water drinking contest! Other than that drinking a lot of water is absolutely safe.
Water and bladder cancer
A very important study performed on 47.909 health professionals found that water drinking is inversely related with cancer of the urinary bladder. People who drink less than 1 glass of water per day (-240ml) are twice as likely to get bladder cancer than those who drink 6 or more glasses per day (1440ml+).
The authors of the study insist that every additional glass (240ml) lowered the risk by 7%. Nevertheless, other studies found that drinking more water doesn’t essentially protect people against bladder cancer.
It helps burn fats
According to a study done on 5.783 Chinese adults, water intake was inversely connected to total energy intake, overweight status and energy density of the diet. Another study on 24 women showed that people who eat an amount of food in its liquid form eat a lot less than the amount they would eat of the same food in its solid form. However, drinking two glasses of water affects subjective feelings of hunger and satiety during the meal, but this effect is not maintained after the meal.
There is, on the other hand, a small chance that staying well hydrated throughout the day is a simple method of coping with feelings of hunger and desire to eat.
Fluid Intake and Urinary Health
The urinary tract plays an important role in our day to day health, removing toxins whilst helping to ensure that our body absorbs the amount of water that it needs. Studies have shown that sipping higher intakes of water frequently through the day is the initial therapy for prevention of urinary tract problems such as infections and stones.
Water and Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death. Studies show that water intake has a significant protective effect against colorectal cancer; it reduces the risk of getting this common and deadly cancer by 30-60%.
Most people take drinking water for granted, but keeping hydrated has a huge impact on overall health. Despite how crucial water is, a significant number of people fail to consume recommended levels of fluids each day. In fact, if you don’t drink water for a few days, you will die.
To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water. During everyday functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced. Therefore, drinking water, be it from the tap or a bottle, is the best source of fluid for the body. It is clean, calorie-free and contains no additives, unlike other beverages people tend to drink when thirsty.
Make sure you drink at least 5 glasses of water a day. Carrying a water bottle around all day will remind you to drink as much as you can!