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Benefits of Drinking Water

11 April 2017 - 12:38

Luham

Foodie, binge-watcher and a voracious bookworm

Due to the intolerable heat these days, many of us are feeling sluggish and fatigued all day long. This can be a significant sign that our bodies are not receiving the necessary hydration it needs. Most of us choose to consume sugary sodas or energy drinks on a daily basis. These drinks can cause huge risks for our health, upping the risk of obesity, stroke and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if you put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice in your diet. The benefits are just endless.



1.Promotes Weight Loss

Forget other diet tricks – drinking water could help with weight loss. It removes by-products of fat, reduces hunger (by making you feel full), and raises your metabolism. Also, the best part, it has zero calories!



2.Improves Skin Complexion

Certain toxins in the body causes the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. Water flushes out these toxins to reduce the risk of pimples, and moisturizes your skin, keeping it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. 



3.Relieves Fatigue & Increases Energy

One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it can help you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. A boost to your energy levels are an added bonus.


4.Pain Prevention

A little water can go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strain can all occur if the body is dehydrated. Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain will be less likely.


5.Maintains Regularity

Roughly 60% of the body is made of water. Drinking enough of it will maintain the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients to the body, regulate body temperature, digest food and prevent constipation.


6.Flushes out Toxins

Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting waste out and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough water to clear away what we don’t need in the body. Water will help get rid of waste through sweat and urination, which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections).



7.Boosts Immune System

A water guzzler is less likely to get sick because it may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather. Drinking plenty of water can help fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks. Just beware not to swap this for a trip to the doctor or other flu remedies.


The amount of water people need per day is up for debate, but if your pee isn’t mostly clear or you have a headache or are constipated, you might need to up the amount of water intake. Some suggest eight glasses a day while others suggest taking your body weight (in pounds), divide it in half and drink that many ounces.  It varies depending on activity level, age, and how much water we consume in coffee, tea or water rich veggies and fruits. 


Lastly, a simple way to ensure you keep yourself hydrated:

Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. This will help in controlling your appetite as well. Get it in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. And if you don’t care much for the taste of… nothing, then you can spice up the taste buds with a squeeze of citrus, a few sprigs of fresh mint or a cucumber or orange slice. You can even be so bold as to add a few berries or watermelon. Before you know it, all the benefits of water will be right at your fingertips... and in your body.



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