The Importance of Hydration – Part 2
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5 Benefits of Drinking Water
You probably know that about 60-70% percent (or 2/3) of your body is made up of water. Drinking enough water to help keep your fluids balanced is important because if your intake doesn’t equal your output, that’s when you can become dehydrated which can affect normal body functions. Below, I’ll discuss 5 reasons you’ll want to try and stay hydrated and the benefits of drinking water!
5 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Drink Enough Water Each Day:
- Kidney Function – we all know that our kidneys help filter and process toxins out of our bodies. If you don’t drink enough, they don’t have enough fluids to flush out the toxins, trapping extra liquid for body functions instead of helping you eliminate waste, which can put you at risk for kidney stones.
- Bowel Movement – staying hydrated can help aid in digestion and prevent constipation. If you don’t have enough fluids in your system, your colon can extract water from your stool to help your body increase hydration levels – which results in constipation. But drinking enough water can help keep things moving along.. if you know what I mean.
- Weight Loss – Now drinking water isn’t necessarily a weight loss solution, but hear me out. When you start to drink more water, 2 things can happen 1) You might end up cutting down on other, higher calorie drinks. 2) Drinking water can help you feel full, so you won’t eat as much, especially if you have water before a meal. Both of which can reduce your daily caloric intake, which might lead to some weight loss.
- Skin Health – If you suffer from acne, it might because you aren’t drinking enough water which can flush out the toxins that can cause clogged pores and pimples to form. On the flip side, you might also notice that your skin looks drier and more tired when you’re dehydrated. But it can be improved by increasing your water.
- Heart Health & Muscle Energy – When you keep your body hydrated it can help keep your blood pressure down. This keeps your heart from having to work so hard to pump blood to your muscles. Which in turn, helps your muscles work more efficiently and prevents muscle fatigue. So you’re basically getting a 2-for-1 on this one!
I know there are many more reasons, but I just wanted to highlight the benefits of drinking water and touch on these 5 reasons why you want to make sure to drink the proper amount of water for your body, like we talked about in Part 1 of this series. In Part 3, we’ll discuss about the signs of dehydration and what to look for so you can prevent it.
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And in case you missed the rest of the series, you can find it below:
Part 1 – How much water you should aim to drink each day?
Part 3 – Signs of dehydration.
Part 4 – 5 Ways to Drink More Water
Part 5 -15 Hydrating Recipes (for when you just don’t want to drink water)