The Importance of Drinking Water: Impact on Mental Health
Updated: Feb 20
You've probably seen a lot of blogs about drinking water and why it's so important for your body. Water is a necessary and extremely important part of keeping the body running properly so it's no surprise that it's such a popular topic to talk about.
But why is there a recent trend in drinking more water? There are 100s of apps on the market to help keep track of your water intake, smartwatches help you keep count and journals have sections for water intake. The movement and the importance of drinking water is now more important and mainstream than ever. And, this is a very good thing.
The answer lies in the recent research and trends surrounding the importance of drinking water. In science, in the news, and through influencers we see every day the importance of drinking water on the surface level. Water helps to hydrate the body, it helps muscles and joints work better, it cleanses your body and does wonders for your skin. There are just so many benefits to drinking water, it would take a long time to list them all.
But why do we see this recent trend of tracking water intake and influencers being more involved in this "water movement"? Well, water has a huge impact on your overall well-being, including your mental health. Without drinking enough the body can experience mild symptoms of dehydration. The impact this has on the mind can be felt in a variety of levels. Dehydration slows down the body's circulation causing alterations to how we think and feel. You could experience periods of feeling low or down or even weak without drinking enough water. For those who experience a mental health disorder or other related symptoms, not drinking enough water can have a huge impact on mood due to the small level of dehydration.
So how much water should we drink?
There are many different opinions on how much water one should drink daily. Some say it depends on your size and weight while others say its a general rule. To know how much water your body should have daily, start by drinking small glasses throughout the day and see how your body feels. There are small signs of dehydration including dry mouth and dry lips that can help tell you whether you need more water or not, If you find your mood dropping a bit midday, try drinking a glass of water. Set goals for yourself, try drinking 6 glasses of water one day then 8 the next if that is what works best for you. Listen to your body, it will tell you how much water intake you need daily.
So why has the importance of drinking water become so popular and mainstream recently?
Well, there has been a shift in wellness and mental health over the last couple of years where the news and influencers have been more open about healthy lifestyles. Drinking water is an essential part of living yet so many people forget to drink water throughout the day. We live such busy fast-paced lives that we forget one of the most important things our body needs to stay healthy. This is why the importance of water has become so popular. We need to be reminded to drink water from our apps, watches, and journals because we have been failing to do so on our own. And, judging by the impact it has not only on our bodies but on our minds, we should join this"water movement" and start drinking more and track our intake to help motivate us to become healthier both in mind and body.