I chose this issue because everyone needs water, and it’s something everyone can relate to. I also chose this because I wasn’t drinking enough water every day, so I wanted to learn more about water and its benefits and what happens if you don’t drink water. Furthermore, I wanted to persuade people to drink more water. According to research, the average person only consumes about 4 glasses of water a day which is half of what you’re supposed to drink. If teens (or people in general) don’t drink enough water, there are multiple negative effects (which will be explained later).
I learned that water can help you in many ways. It can help you be less cranky because when you are dehydrated, it puts you in a bad mood. It helps your brain think, focus, concentrate, be more alert, helps with headaches, and makes your brain 14% faster because your brain is 75% water. It also improves athletic performance since your water is 75% of muscle tissue. Also it can prevent muscle cramps and joint pain. It also flushes out waste and toxins, fightes fatigue, helps lose weight because sometimes when you’re hungry, your actually thirsty. Also it helps prevent illnesses such as bladder cancer (reduces the risk by 50%), colon cancer (reduces the risk by 45%), and it may help prevent breast cancer. Furthermore, I learned that there are also some negative effects if you don’t drink water. Some possible problems are trouble focusing, bad memory, headaches, sleep issues, brain fog, which is feelings of mental confusion, lack of mental clarity, reduces your ability to think clearly, and many more. This has influenced my thinking about wellness because I learned that water has more benefits than I knew. After I learned this, I wondered what other benefits the other nutrients have. Something that impacted me the most is water can make you think 14% faster. This impacted me because whenever I’m stuck on a question, I drink water, and it helps me. Before, thought think that if you didn’t drink water, there were not a lot of side effects, but now I know there are multiple, and I’m trying to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Glass of Water. Digital image. Foodie Loves Fitness. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.