It's well heard of that drinking water is good for you, but is that even the case? Well of course it is! Water can aid your body naturally in many ways, keeping you tip-top shape. NHS Choices states on their website that, "Your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. That’s why it's important to drink enough fluids. In climates such as the UK's, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. In hotter climates, the body needs more than this. We also get some fluid from the food we eat." So, as well as ensuring that we don't get dehydrated, here's what else the overlooked liquid can do for you!

1. Boosts the Immune System

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%. So, it will not be surprising to hear that water can improve the Immune System. Water enables the body to work much more fluidly, if you don't mind the pun! Water helps to carry oxygen to your body cells, which results in properly functioning systems. It also works in removing toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and having a negative impact on your immune system.

2. Can Promote Weight Loss

Ways that water promotes weight loss is by a few ways. Water is essential for metabolising stored fat into energy, this process is so sensitive that even by being in fairly mild levels of dehydration, the body's level of metabolism will be slowed down. Basically, the slower your metabolism is, the harder it shall be to lose weight.

However, there are studies showing that drinking water during and before your meals will make you eat less. The idea of it is that the water shall fill your stomach up before food, making you eat less and filling you up still!

3. Flushes Out those Nasty Toxins

As mentioned beforehand, water is essential to how our body works.

That means it also includes its vital role within our organs, especially the kidneys. The kidneys role in our body's organ system is to remove water and waste, without it, our body would drown from all the harsh metabolic wastes our body produces rapidly. They are a small pair of organs, the kidneys, and are found at the back near the spine. When our heart beats or pulses, these organs take about 20% of the blood and filter it out, extracting the bad stuff as urine.

4. A Natural Headache Supplement

When paracetamol or your ibuprofen isn't doing the trick to bust that troublesome headache away, why not try drinking some water instead? In fact, there was even a study of which was conducted at the University of Maastricht, Holland, which was after they noticed a patient who was told to drink more water, for an issue in regards of his bladder, had noticed a side effect that the patient had suffered less headaches.

The researchers said: ‘We suspect that some headache patients may benefit from drinking more water and it seems reasonable to recommend they try drinking more for a short period of time to see if they experience an improvement.’ However, it could also be the fact that your brain is mostly water too!

5. Helps Prevent Joint Pain

If you suffer from joint pain, it might benefit you to hear that water can also help in this department. Water lubricates the joints and assists in the smooth running of the protective coating between the two bones. As it states in an article from the Arthritis Foundation, "Adequate water can help keep your joints well lubricated and can help prevent gout attacks." The way that this is explained is due to the fact that cartilage is actually made up mostly of water too, I believe around 60%.

Cartilage is a type of tissue of which lines the cushion of the bones, preventing for bones over time to grind against each other and essentially ruin them in the long run. The tissue produces a special kind of gel, if you may, called Synovial Fluid. It helps the cartilage ease the joints, without the right amount of water, it cannot produce as much Synovial Fluid leading to a more likely chance of bone pain by wear and tear as well as bone friction.

Truthfully, at the end of it all, drinking water also has some benefits of which are outside your body too. Water is a free alternative to many drinks and can be found everywhere, it really is the understated drink of all time. Though, it is also the choice for the individual to adopt any lifestyle changes as well.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you can have a more researched reasoning as to why you should Drink Water. I mean, why not? If you want to continue reading some more, may I recommend:

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