We know that we should be drinking eight glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated is especially important in the heat of summer. Our bodies are about 60% water, and if that percentage decreases even by 2%, it can make us feel dehydrated, and consequently, wear us out both physically and mentally.
So drinking water keeps us hydrated and feeling better. What else can it do?
- It can help with weight loss. Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. In addition to providing hydration, drinking a glass before each meal fills us up so that we may eat less.
- It keeps skin healthy. Creams and lotions may hydrate skin on the outside, but we also need to hydrate from the inside. Marie Claire magazine says that many celebrities credit H2O for their clear, glowing, smooth skin.
- It cools the body. When we sweat, water that we have stored comes to the surface of the skin then evaporates, which cools us off.
- It keeps our kidneys functioning properly. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, every day our kidneys filter 120-150 quarts of fluid. Water helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, helping them get distributed through our bodies. If our kidneys don’t get enough water, waste products and excess fluid can build up and cause urinary tract or kidney infections, kidney stones and even kidney disease. Kidneys also keep our electrolytes in balance.
- It keeps us regular! If we are dehydrated, we get constipated. Water literally flushes us out!
- It helps form saliva and mucus. Saliva is important for digestion and also keeps the mouth clean. And keeping our mouth, nose and eyes moist prevents friction and damage.
- It helps us maintain our blood pressure. Lack of water can cause our blood to thicken, raising our blood pressure.
- It can help a headache. Healthline reports that studies have shown dehydration can trigger headaches in some people. Drinking water may also lessen the severity of an existing headache.
- It can prevent a hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, which can quickly cause dehydration that brings on symptoms like dry mouth, fatigue and headaches. Drinking plenty of water when having alcoholic beverages can prevent dehydration.
These are just a few of the many benefits water provides. Sip throughout the day to stay hydrated and stay healthy! And don’t forget that many fruits and veggies can also provide much-needed hydration.