Why is water important? 9 reasons to hydrate
We often hear people say hydrate. But why?
Water makes up majority of your body weight and is very important in many functions.
Regulating your body temperature
Your body loses water through sweating and physical activity. Sweating cools the body but not hydrating after increases the body temperature and eventually dehydration.
It protects your tissues, spinal cord and joints
It lubricates/oils and acts like a cushion for your joints, spinal cord and tissues. This helps in movement and lessens discomfort caused by arthritis.
It helps keep the skin bright
Adequate water intake helps the skin in collagen production giving in a healthier bright look. However water intake alone doesn’t reduce the effects of aging .
It aids in digestion process
Drinking water before and after a meal helps your body break down food more easily and prevents cases of constipation
It helps remove toxic wastes from the body
Consumption of water daily decreases the concentration of wastes and aids their removal by the kidneys in urine and sweating.
Studies have linked body fat and weight loss with drinking water. Drinking more water while dieting and exercising may just help lose the extra pounds.
It helps boost energy
Drinking water activates your metabolism. A boost in metabolism has been linked to having a positive impact on energy level making you more lively and active.
It helps prevent mouth odor
Hydration keeps the mouth lubricated and moist since it contributes to saliva production and as result prevents the odor that comes as a result of dry mouth.
It improves oxygen circulation
Water carries helpful nutrients and oxygen to the entire body. Reaching your daily water intake will improve your circulation and have a positive impact on your health.
How much should you drink?
It is advisable to have 7 to 15 cups of water a day at different times of the day.
Depending on the level of activity and weather in the region you stay the amount of water can increase to prevent dehydration.
If your urine is yellow or dark yellow it’s a good indicator to hydrate.
Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go.
Keep track of your intake.