My history of drinking water is not good.  Until I became aware of water filters, I very rarely drank water as it tasted off, and horrible.   So my first glass of water that I was able to enjoy, was when I was 20 odd years ago when I was in my late 30’s, and I then asked myself, “How Many Litres Of Water Should You Drink A Day?”

Unfortunately I still had the idea embedded in my mind that water was horrible, so I needed a lot more motivation to drink enough water.  Oh my goodness have I tried to motivate myself over the years.

I keep telling myself that I need to walk my talk, I tell everyone else to drink lots of water and I don’t follow my own advice.

So what motivated me? 

My body kept giving me signs.  I started with excruciating plantar fasciitis (extremely sore soles of the feet), and when that got better, my lower back got really stiff.  I know that when something comes into balance i.e. my plantar fasciitis got better, then another part of the body that has been compensating, starts to comeback into balance too, can mean some pain in another part of the body, while it corrects itself.  During the time I had several treatments, which helped but the stiffness kept creeping back in.

So I finally decided to take my own advice and upped my daily water intake.

After drinking around a litre and a half (just less than 8 glasses) of water for about 3 days,  my back stiffness started to ease, and I thought oh my goodness, it has worked – this shouldn’t have surprised me considering that muscle is made up of about 80% water.

Oh dear, my poor muscles have been dehydrated for too long!! 

My bowels were also noticeably happier that I was drinking more water, and I was aware of a feeling of wellbeing too.  So now that I have a new thought pattern around water, I am finding it  easier to drink the recommended 8 glasses per day.

Some Questions and Benefits of Drinking Water

Can dehydration cause joint pain and swelling?

Drinking water lubricates the joints – cartilage, found in joints and the discs of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.

Does drinking water help digestion?

Drinking water forms saliva and mucous – saliva helps us digest our food and keeps the mouth, moist. The digestive system depends on it – the bowel needs water to work properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Benefits of drinking water for skin acne:

It boosts skin health and beauty – with dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.

Does drinking water help with brain function?

It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues – dehydration can affect brain function and prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking, memory and reasoning.

Does water help regulate body temperature?

Water is stored in the layers of the skin and comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body gets too hot, and then evaporates, when the body cools.

Are there benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning?

Having water on an empty stomach helps in cleansing of the colon, which in turn increases the efficiency of the intestine to absorb nutrients.  It also helps in flushing out toxins from your body.

Does drinking water help prevent kidney stones?

The kidneys regulate fluid in the body. Consuming insufficient water can lead to kidney stones.

Can drinking water help you lose weight?

Weight loss – drinking water before meals can help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.

How many ml’s is one glass of water equal to?

  • 16oz is equal to 2 glasses of water
  • 500ml is equal to 2 glasses of water
  • 500ml is equal to half a litre

How long should you wait to drink water after eating?

Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help digestion. Remember not to drink too soon before or after a meal as the water will dilute the digestive juices. Drink water an hour after the meal to allow the body to absorb the nutrients.

What are the benefits of drinking water in the morning on an empty stomach?

One of the best things I have done as soon as I wake up, is drink at least 16oz |500ml|half a litre of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less.

Can you drink too much water?

You may have heard about drinking too much water, and really you have to go some before you reach that point.  I am not going to go into detail about it here, but let me just ask one question – are you drinking 3 litres of water a day? Probably not, and if you are congratulations.  Research says the body can eliminate around 20 litres a day, and the best advice is to drink no more than one litre in one go within an hour.

Benefits of drinking water before bed.

Drinking water before Bed. Many folks refrain from drinking at bedtime to avoid getting up overnight. But, cardiologists say there’s a good reason to risk a trip to the bathroom and take a drink before bed. A glass of water before sleeping helps reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

So…. How Many Litres of Water Should You Drink a Day?

Give drinking at least one litre of water per day a try, and then when the benefits become noticeable you will be motivated to drink the other litre.  On top of improving your health, imagine saving money on skincare products and pain relieving medications.

I love to know how you get on – drop a comment below