Benefits of Drinking Water

Americans love their water.  In fact water has recently become the most popular drink in the US, but most people do not get the recommended daily amount. Now while the merits of drinking large amounts of water (some recommend 8 glasses a day) have been debated over the years, it’s a proven fact that remaining adequately hydrated is beneficial to physical health.

Here are six reasons why you should drink water and other fluids every day.

1. Your Body Needs Water – The human body is composed of 60% water, and needs to maintain a high volume of fluids to function properly. These fluids are utilized in digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

2. Drinking Water Can Help You Lose Weight – For years, dieters have been drinking water to help with weight loss, and while water doesn’t have a magical effect it does satisfy thirst, and reduce the desire for other higher calorie beverages.

Eating foods with high water content is beneficial as well. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. A lack of fluids and electrolytes in body cells can cause them to shrivel. This results in muscle fatigue.  When cells are under-hydrated, physical performance can suffer.  During exercise, you should drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost by sweating.

4. Water Gives Skin a Healthy Glow – While drinking water cannot erase furrows or fine lines, dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkled. Drinking plenty of water helps plump up skin and give it a dewy appearance.

5. Water Helps Your Kidneys – When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When you’re lacking in fluids kidneys have to work harder to gather be able to function well. Drinking too little also puts you at a risk for kidney stones.

6. Water Helps with Bowel Function – Drinking lots of water keep things flowing through the gastrointestinal tract.  When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration, and the result is constipation.

If you’d like to increase your fluid intake, here are some simple suggestions. Have a glass of water with every meal.  Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You can improve your health, your appearance and energy level by drinking more water. It’s an easy thing to do, with so many benefits.



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