Your plants aren’t the only ones that need water. So do you, and a good amount of it at that.
That’s the gist of a recent study by a professor from the University of Illinois. He found that people who increase their daily intake of plan water, from a tap or a cooler for example, but not sweetened or as a vehicle for tea or coffee, saw some improvements, like taking in less calories and sodium in general.
Essentially, the more water you drink, the fewer extra calories and the less sodium, saturated fats, sugar, or cholesterol you take in. That’s probably because you’re eating less food since water can give you the same “full” feeling as eating snacks but without any of the extra junk.
“The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels, and body weight status,” says study author Professor Ruopeng An.
It should be pretty obvious that water is good for you: it’s the only liquid humans can drink. Any beverage, be it juice, coffee, soda, milk, or anything else, is really just water with stuff in it, a solution in chemistry terms. The thing is, many of the solutions that we love so much, contain a lot of things we don’t need and which often have no benefit to our bodies.
While we need some amount of sugar, fat, and cholesterol, which, in large amounts, can have a number of negative side effects on our bodies, we need water a lot more.
This is why drinking water is important, and why having ready access to safe drinking water is considered a basic human right. People can’t live on coffee and soda alone. That’s why it’s so important that we keep water sources clean of pollutants such as lead and make sure that everyone can have access to them. But we also need to make sure that everybody knows that drinking that safe water is really, really important.
An said that the finding that water’s benefits cross racial and socioeconomic boundaries “indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories … without profound concerns about message and strategy customization.”
In other words, it’s probably pretty easy to design a pro-water campaign that works. Now it’s up to us to do that.