Today is World Kidney day. Established in 2006, its mission is “to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide”
The theme this year is “Kidney Health for all” and people are asked to drink a glass of water and give one today.
A symbolic act, it is not about making a statement about the benefits of drinking water for kidney health. Rather, it is to highlight a key issue in tackling chronic kidney disease in vulnerable populations – poor water hygiene, lack of hydration and unhealthy beverage choices.
Whilst water will not cure kidney disease, keeping hydrated (with water) can reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease.
Need more motivation to drink that glass of water?
7 Reasons to reach for water
Better Kidney Function
Your kidneys process 200 quarts of blood every day, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. To function properly and clear away what is not needed by the body, kidneys need enough fluids.
Dehydration can trigger brain fog. Drinking water can help you concentrate and stay alert. It can also fight tired eyes as dehydration is the number one cause of fatigue
Drinking cold water increases your metabolism by 50%. Your body burns more calories when exposed to cold temperatures as it maintains its normal temperature. It can also aid weight and fat loss as being dehydrated can make you gain weight.
Better Body Function
Approximately 60% of your body is made up of water. Drinking enough water helps maintain your body’s fluid balance which helps transport nutrients in the body and keep your body functioning correctly. When you’re dehydrated your body pulls water from cells and blood making the blood thicker and harder to pump through your body. Headaches, pain and tension in your muscles and stomach-aches can be related to a lack of water.
Drinking enough water adds fluids to your colon which helps keep things moving regularly.
Water acts as an appetite suppressant. In addition often we confuse dehydration for hunger. Rather than reaching for a snack have a glass of water and see if that satisfies you. Drinking water before a meal can also make you feel fuller resulting in fewer calories consumed.
Some toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame resulting in clogged pores and acne. Water helps flush out toxins and hydrate the skin giving you cleared and plumper skin
Fuel Your Muscles
Sweating causes muscles to lose water, making them tired. To help you push through that last set at the gym or the last km of your run, drink water.
Beat the Hangover
A glass of water can help ease side effects of hangovers like those splitting headaches
So, today, celebrate world kidney day by drinking and giving a glass of water #isupportwkd
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.