We all know that water is good for us and that we should drink plenty of it. And since it is readily available and pretty much available for free, there really is no reason why we won’t be able to drink enough water. Another health rule that most women are aware of is that they should eat plenty of fiber in order to have good bowel movement and greater overall health. However, the American Journal of Gastroenterology says that being hydrated is even more important, even when it comes to having regular bowel movements.
As undoubtedly the most important nutrient and the only one whose absence will be lethal within days, understanding of water measurement and requirements are very important. The effects of water on daily performance and short and long-term health are quite clear. There are few negative effects of water intake and the evidence of positive effects is quite clear from the literature.
An analysis was conducted with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which provided data on some 9,000 adults in this country between 2005 and 2008. The goal of the study was to see whether people who had a low intake of both fiber and liquid would have problems with regular bowel movements as well. The research conclusively showed that people with low fiber and liquid intake were more likely to have constipation problems as well. While this wasn’t surprising, researchers were shocked to find that those who had normal fiber intake, but low water intake were equally likely to have constipation problems.
Overall, 9,373 (85.9%) adults (4,787 women and 4,586 men) had complete stool consistency and dietary data. Constipation rates were 10.2% (95% CI: 9.6,10.9) for women and 4.0 (95% CI: 3.2,5.0) for men (p<.001). After multivariable adjustment, low liquid consumption remained a predictor of constipation among women (POR: 1.3, 95% CI: 1.0,1.6) and men (POR: 2.4, 95% CI: 1.5,3.9); however, dietary fiber was not a predictor.
Water truly is an amazing substance. It helps to get rid of waste through urine and sweat, it protects our sensitive tissues and spinal cord, it keeps our joints cushioned, it regulates our body temperature, and much more. In fact, it is one of the reasons why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging Americans to drink more water.
Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat.
So what are some of the other reasons why women in particular should drink plenty of water?
1. It Helps with Losing Weight
2. It Can Prevent Kidney Disease
The University of Sydney in Australia published a study in 2011 that showed those who consumed more fluids were also less likely to develop chronic kidney disease.
3. It Can Make You Run Safer and Faster
A study in 2011 monitored 14 runners across two sets of exercise. In the first set, they were hydrated properly and in the second set, they had to limit their water intake for 22 hours prior to the run, and during the run. Those who were hydrated had healthier heart rates, lower gastrointestinal body temperatures, and faster times.
4. It Makes You Happy
The Journal of Nutrition published a study that demonstrated that women who were not properly hydrated had difficulty concentrating, a worse mood, fatigue, and headaches.