Drink Up! Good Things about Water
Water is your body’s principal chemical component, making up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. What other positive things does water do for you?
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss. It can replace high calorie drinks and is also an appetite suppressant.
Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risk of a heart attack. Studies found that those who drink 5 or more glasses of water a day reduce that risk of a heart attack by 41%.
Being dehydrated can suppress your energy and make you feel tired. It can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
A symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water.
Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water.
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%.
Being dehydrated can severely hinder your athletic activities. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during, and after exercise.
There are many factors that can influence how much water you should be drinking. During specific times you should increase the amount of water intake. These include:
- Illness or other health conditions
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