Science Reveals: 6 Ways that Make Water Your Secret Superpower (Especially if You’re Busy)

By Isa Herrera, MSPT

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Too Busy to Be Healthy? Drink Water

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve come alive as you walked through pouring rain or you’ve felt renewed after a dip in the ocean, there’s a reason for that. Science has proven that water has an actual consciousness and that it has a memory of everything that’s put into it, whether it’s pollution or emotions.

If a substance’s spectrum of frequency, that was once in the water, is taken out, recorded digitally, and played back to clean water, “the water will preserve the knowledge of the actual substance and will act as if that substance has been present,” explained the Wellness Project.

That probably explains another study too, which showed that positive human thoughts in water led to the formation of beautiful crystals, while negative thoughts led to less pleasant-looking crystals by the water itself.

Since human beings are approximately 60% water, our thoughts impact us deeply, and it’s no wonder that drinking water has so many science-backed benefits for our bodies.

6 Health-Transforming, Science-Backed Benefits of Drinking Water 

Of course, to benefit from the true healing power of water, it helps to drink only clean water. Get yourself some filters to ensure that, then give gratitude out loud for having access to that, fill up a water cup, and read some of the many science-backed miracles that are happening in your body right now, as you drink.

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Drinking Water Reduces Your Pain

You might not be surprised by this 2015 study that discovered “water intake is a cost-effective, non-invasive and low-risk intervention to reduce or prevent headache pain.” Chances are, you’ve gotten the recommendation to drink more water if you’ve ever shared you had a headache.

But a 2016 study by Massey University’s College of Health discovered it’s deeper than that. According to Medical Xpress, study participants’ “feet were immersed in ice-cold water, known as a cold pressor test,” which is meant to cause pain. First, participants were asked to come as usual – with their regular nutrition and exercise habits. For their second visit, they were asked to still do everything the same, except for one thing. They were asked to avoid drinking water for 24 hours. “The more dehydrated people became, the more intense the feeling of pain,” reported the site, quoting the researchers on the importance of professionals verifying how much water a patient drinks, as that could impact the effectiveness of pain medication and cognitive behavior therapy. If you find yourself suffering from sexual pain, low back pain, scar pain, rectal pain or deep throbbing in the pelvis please check out my Female Pelvic Freedom Gold Jumpstart Program. It contains proven solutions to help you get out of pain.

Drinking Water Creates a Better Balance of Your Bodily Fluids

According to WebMD, the fluids in our bodies serve an abundance of functions, including “digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.” But as TED-Ed pointed out, “each day, we lose two-three liters through our sweat, urine, and bowel movements, and even just from breathing. While these functions are essential to our survival, we need to compensate for the fluid loss.”

As Steven Guest, MD and an adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University, told WebMD, “through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells them how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves.” If you feel thirsty, it means your brain is trying to tell you that your bodily fluids are out of balance, and it’s time to add new water in.

Science Reveals: 6 Ways that Make Water Your Secret Superpower (Especially if You're Busy) 1Drinking Water Detoxifies Your Body

According to FreeDrinkingWater.com, a website by the Advanced Purification Engineering Corp (APEC), our body handles toxins as an everyday routine. We get toxins from the food we eat and the air we breathe, but then we’re supposed to eliminate them in order to prevent health problems. “The bowel disposes of toxins from the digestive system and the liver helps clear the way for other organs to function properly and help rid of those unwanted toxins. Your body is actually able to detoxify itself in a natural manner with the use of its lungs, liver, and kidneys,” the website explained.

It does this with water. For example, water “flushes toxins and waste from the body and transports nutrients to where they are needed. Without water the contents of your colon can dry out and get stuck, eventually causing constipation,” it clarified.

Without water, added the National Kidney Foundation, kidney and blood vessel operations could suffer too. “Water helps the kidneys remove wastes from your blood in the form of urine. Water also helps keep your blood vessels open so that blood can travel freely to your kidneys, and deliver essential nutrients to them,” the foundation’s site explained.

Drinking Water Strengthens Your Muscles

According to the University of Connecticut, “multiple reviews of the literature found that performance decrements were evident in relation to decreased [muscle] strength with an increased state of dehydration… Of the six studies to accurately assess the effects of dehydration on muscular strength, it is suggested that dehydration at a level of 3-4% body mass loss [which can happen when exercising for 60-90 minutes] reduces muscle strength by an estimate of 2%.”

Dr. Robert Wildman – adjunct research faculty in the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University, an advisory board member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and the author of four books – explained why on BodyBuilding.com. “In a living, moving body, skeletal muscle is more than 70 percent water… When body water is compromised because of poor fluid consumption, often in combination with excessive sweating, water is drawn out of muscle and back into the blood. This ensures the preservation of circulation and keeps your blood pressure at safe levels,” he wrote.

Science Reveals: 6 Ways that Make Water Your Secret Superpower (Especially if You're Busy) 2Drinking Water Improves Your Bladder Health

According to Medical News Today, one in every two women will experience some sort of urinary tract infection (UTI) in her lifetime. Out of the women who experience it, 25% will experience it more than once. But you can significantly reduce your chance of being part of the statistics by drinking water.

To verify that, a 2018 study by the Simmons Cancer Center at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas brought together women who each drank approximately 1.5 liters of water a day (which is the equivalent of six 8 ounce glasses). Researchers divided them into two groups. “They instructed one to drink an additional 1.5 liters of water each day, and they told the other group to consume no additional fluid,” reported Medical News Today, adding that the study took place over a year and included several hundred participants.

The results: Out of those who drank more water, “93 percent had two (or fewer) episodes of bladder infection, while 88 percent of those in the control group experienced three or more.” Not only that, but “those in the water group had a greater period of time pass between infections than did those in the control group” – 142.9 days for those who drank more water, versus 85.2 days between infections for those who drank less water. That’s almost twice as much time between infections. It’s also important to note here that dehydration can lead to more bathroom trips and leaking! No, I didn’t make a mistake here. Water and a proper health program and many times solve years of Leaking and urgency. Click here to check out my V-Core Lift Complete program.

Drinking Water Improves Your Brain Functionality

While past studies proved that dehydration shrinks brain tissue, the Center for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry set out to uncover the effects dehydration could have on brain functionality.

As the researchers explain on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, they investigated fMRI exams of 10 healthy teenagers – 5 girls, 5 boys. “Each subject completed a thermal exercise protocol and nonthermal exercise control condition in a cross-over repeated measures design… Dehydration following the thermal exercise protocol led to… participants [exerting] a higher level of neuronal activity in order to achieve the same performance level… These findings suggest that prolonged states of reduced water intake may adversely impact executive functions such as planning and visuo-spatial processing,” the researchers shared.

 Dehydration is Clearly Dangerous, So How Much Water Should You Drink?

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As you can see, dehydration can easily lead to increased pain, lack of balance of bodily fluids, filling and clogging our bodies with toxins, weaker muscles, bladder infections, and reduced brain functionality – and frankly, that’s a partial list.

If there’s anything all health experts agree on, it’s that you’ve got to drink water. So how much water should you drink?

This is where things get complicated.

Medical Sources Answer the Question: How Much Water Should You Drink?

A study by the Department of Physiology, University of Lausanne in Switzerland said that “on average, a sedentary adult should drink 1.5 l of water per day.” WebMD quoted the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of 9 cups (or a bit more than 2 liters) a day for women and 13 cups (approximately 3 liters) for men every day. The Mayo Clinic quoted the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s recommendations that women consume approximately 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) and men consume approximately 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids every day, but said that 20% of it “usually comes from food and… [non-water] drinks.” Meaning, you still need to drink a lot of water to cover 80% of your daily fluid intake.

Of course, even if you choose to believe one source over the other, your specific water needs are likely different than other people’s. Your lifestyle (whether you sit all day or do physical work from morning until night, or anything in between), the climate you live in, your age, and your health situation are just some of the factors that might impact how much water you need to drink.

Science Reveals: 6 Ways that Make Water Your Secret Superpower (Especially if You're Busy) 5According to Harvard Health Publishing, “it’s possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions, such as thyroid disease or kidney, liver, or heart problems; or if you’re taking medications that make you retain water, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opiate pain medications, and some antidepressants.”

As always with medical situations, it’s important to consult with your doctor.

How to Plan Efficient Water Drinking Throughout Your Day

If all this sounds overwhelming and you don’t have any medical conditions, start with the standard amount and aim to drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Don’t drink them all at once before you go to bed, so you don’t find yourself feeling dehydrated all day, then getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

Instead, divide it by the hours of the day.

Let’s say you sleep for 8 hours every day (another goal to work on). That leaves you with 16 hours, which means you have two hours to drink every single glass of water. If you drink a bit every 30 minutes, you’ll meet your goal without even noticing it, and your body will be one happy, healthy, thriving organism that sets the stage for you to realize your dreams.

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References:
– Dr. Masaru Emoto and Water Consciousness – The Wellness Project
– The Magical Properties of Water – Memory and Consciousness – The Wellness Project
– Dr. Masaru Emoto and Water Consciousness – The Wellness Project
– Increased Water Intake to Reduce Headache: Learning from a Critical Appraisal – University of Oxford via the National Center for Biotechnology Information
– Does Being Dehydrated Increase Your Pain Perception and Reduce Your Brain Blood Flow? – Medical Xpress
– 6 Reasons to Drink More Water – WebMD
– What Would Happen if You Didn’t Drink? – TED-Ed via YouTube
– How Does Water Help Remove Harmful Toxins from Your Digestive Tract? – Advanced Purification Engineering Corp
– 6 Tips to Be “Water Wise” for Healthy Kidneys – National Kidney Foundation
– The Influence of Hydration on Strength – Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut
– Your Muscles are Thirsty: Here’s Why – BodyBuilding.com
– Drinking Water Lowers the Risk of Bladder Infections – Medical News Today
– Dehydration Affects Brain Structure and Function in Health Adolescents – King’s College London via the National Center for Biotechnology Information
– Water as an Essential Nutrient: The Physiological Basis of Hydration – University of Lausanne, Pully, Switzerland via the National Center for Biotechnology Information
– How Much Water Should I Drink? – WebMD
– Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day? – Mayo Clinic
– How Much Water Should You Drink? – Harvard Health Publishing

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