Water is the most important nutrient for your body. It is needed for every biological function. Here are the top 10 benefits of drinking six to eight glasses of water a day.
Dehydration makes skin look dry and wrinkled and your skin is less elastic. Unfortunately, drinking lots of water won’t prevent wrinkles.
Your kidneys need water to filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine. Keeping hydrated may also help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. If you are severely dehydrated, your kidneys may stop working, causing toxins to build up in your body.
Dehydration lowers your blood volume, making it harder to carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. This can make your blood too thick, which can lead to heart disease and stroke.
Water is important for lubricating joints, it provides adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently reducing joint pain and helps to maintain normal movement.
Dehydration slows your metabolism, energy and fat burning functions. Water helps to convert food and fuel to energy which can help elevate mood, memory and brain performance
Water helps to transport minerals and nutrients throughout your body which keeps your kidneys to function properly. Kidneys help regulate the fluid in the body.
When we exercise our body’s core temperature heats up. We naturally sweat to cool the body down. If you don’t keep your body hydrated, physical performance can suffer resulting in reduced motivation and increased fatigue. This makes exercise more difficult, both physically and mentally. Staying hydrated helps to balance electrolytes which prevents muscle fatigue, maintains muscle movement and transmits nerve impulses.
Water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste–and can even promote cavities.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in. This can lead to dehydration and cause symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. A good way to reduce hangovers is to drink a glass of water between drinks, and to have at least one big glass of water before going to bed.
Drinking one or two cups of water before meals can fill the stomach and help you eat less at meals. This is due to the fact that water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. Timing is important, drink water half an hour before meals can make you feel more full.
Drink water every day. Most people can stay well hydrated by drinking water. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough.
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