Friday, July 1, 2011
10 Reasons to Drink Water
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired -- even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated -- and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and it doesn't have any calories. But it's also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we're hungry, we're actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
Maintaining Body Fluids
Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Drinking more water actually helps lessen pain in your body by getting your lymphatic system moving. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes, tubes, vessels, and fluid that move waste out of your tissues. It requires water to function properly.
You'll Have Less Cramps and Sprains
Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won't happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it's simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
You're Less Likely to Get Sick
Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water with lemon added is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. Another one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve our immune system
I have to admit that I have to be the worst at drinking water. I have nothing against water and I don't drink anything else really. I'm just horrible at doing it. I never "feel" thirsty and I just don't think about it, so this post is mainly written for me and to help remind me how much I have to drink more water. I know all this about how good water is, I just have never gotten in a habit to drink it. :( But I have been trying more lately and I think I've been doing ok - I still have a long way to go. :)