We’ve all heard it before – that drinking water is beneficial to you. But do you actually know why that is?
Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. When you’re low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. It is up to you to replace those fluids to keep your body running at it’s best.
2. Water Can Help Control Calories.
Food such as fruits, and vegetables have a high water content usually making them seem larger, and require more chewing. These also are absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. They allow you to eat more and still feel full – therefore contributing to less intake of calories. Water-rich foods also include broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.
3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. In other words, When if your muscles are lacking hydration, they won’t function properly.
Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. The more hydrated you are, the less likely you’ll be to have excessive deep lines and wrinkles due to dehydration.
5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins when you are properly hydrated! When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. Dehydration puts you at a risk for kidney stones as well.
6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.
So, remember – increasing your water intake will benefit you in many ways! We’re making Increasing Water Intake our new year’s resolution and hope that you join us!Leave a reply →