There’s no overstating it: water plays a crucial role in our day-to-day lives. Drinking enough water on a daily basis can drastically improve your quality of life and even contribute toward protection against disease. Some people brush off drinking water as if it’s not a big deal, but it’s been proven time and again to be an important habit that can make a major positive impact on your health.

So, whether it’s you who needs to hear these water facts, it’s someone you love who needs to hear them from you, or it’s a bit of both, keep these in mind the next time you think about opting for something other than water to drink.

Why Should You Be So Conscious of Drinking Enough Water Every Day?

If you or someone you know is constantly neglecting the importance of drinking water, take these eight facts into account:

1. 75% of Americans Are Chronically Dehydrated.

Three-quarters of the American population fail to drink enough water on a daily basis, averaging out to just about 2.5 cups per day. That’s not nearly enough, and when you look at the larger scope of the world, about half of the world’s population falls under the same category.

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

One of the reasons you may not be drinking enough water on a daily basis is because your body isn’t reminding you that it needs it. Studies say that 37% of Americans often mistake the feeling of thirst for the feeling of hunger and as a result, eat foods that are a.) unhealthy or b.) resulting in even worse dehydration.

3. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.

Maybe you’re not chronically dehydrated and you drink more water than most. But are you fully hydrated? Because even mild dehydration can have an impact on your metabolism and overall health.

4. In a University of Washington study, one glass of water shut down midnight hunger feelings for almost 100% of participants.

Eating late at night can contribute to poor sleeping habits and overall bad health. So the next time you think you need a midnight snack, consider drinking a glass of water and that very well should quell any hunger.

5. Lack of water is the No. 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

When you’re dragging during the second half of your workday or finding yourself dozing off in the early evening hours, drinking water may just snap you right back into the swing of things in no time.

6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

If you work your way up to 8-10 glasses of water per day, you’ll not only reap the benefits in the form of your hydration and overall well-being but also with your back and joints. That’s why the older you get, the more importance you should place on drinking enough water.

7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or printed page.

If you’ve ever found yourself feeling a bit forgetful or you’re having a hard time focusing, drinking water can get you on the right track.

8. Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer

There’s no exact science to disease prevention, but there are measures you can take to stay as healthy as possible. Remaining hydrated is one of the easier ways you can take control of your health.

Improve Your Home’s Water Quality By Turning to Us

If your Central Texas home’s tap water has an unpleasant taste and that’s keeping you from hydrating the way you should, turn to Sweetwater Home Services. We can offer a free in-home water test to determine which water treatment solution best suits your needs. From there, we can install the right water filter to get your home’s water tasting better once again. Contact us today to get this process started.