We drink it, we swim in it, the steam from it eases congestion and the conversion to ice reduces swelling. Water is all around us (and even in us). “Water makes up about 2/3 of who we are, and influences 100 percent of the processes in our body,” says CamelBak hydration expert Doug Casa, PhD. That probably explains why we feel better when we’re drinking enough of it. Here’s why you should go hydrate right now because of what it does for your head and your heart:
Drinking it may help prevent headaches, naturally.
Going without water for too long causes headaches for some people, and has been identified as a migraine trigger. Therefore, staying hydrated throughout the day is a good way to prevent headaches. And, if you’ve already been hit with a dehydration-triggered headache, you’ll need significantly more water to help it go away. Drink about two to four cups of water for headache relief within one to two hours.
It’s been linked to heart health.
There seems to be a link between risk of death from coronary heart disease and water intake. Research has shown both that consuming more water means a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease and that risk of death rises when intake of “high-energy fluids” (like soda and juice) increases.