9 Surprising and Serious Things Water Does for You
By Sandy Schroeder
Water thermoses and bottles are everywhere, but actually staying fully hydrated can still be an iffy matter.
As schedules shift or new projects launch, it’s all too easy to start the day with espresso and wind up the day with a glass of dry white wine or a hearty brew. Soda, tea, milk or juice may show up, too, while the body comes up short on an adequate supply of water.
The Mayo Clinic reminds us the body’s water supply must be refilled daily, with men requiring about 15.5 cups, and women requiring 11.5 cups. About 20 percent of the body’s fluid intake comes from food with the remainder from drinks.
Water is really the one-man band that delivers oxygen and fuel to cells, carries away byproducts, oils joints, regulates body temps, and supplies vital support for the nerves to function properly.
Take a look at what else water does, according to Men's Health.
Pain tolerance improves – Researchers say the reaction to pain may jump when the body becomes dehydrated. If you are already fighting body pain, this is crucial. Try staying fully hydrated to lessen pain as much as possible.
Strengthens muscles – Even a small, 1.5 percent loss of water shows up in muscle strength loss.
Assists the liver – Water thins the blood, helping the liver filter out germs, drugs, alcohol and other body pollutants.
Helps small intestine – Water keeps the small intestine active, carrying life-maintaining sugars, fats and amino acids to body cells.
Regular maintenance – Everything your body does works better with water. Toxins leave and metabolism accelerates. Water facilitates blood circulation and food digestion and relieves a dry mouth.
Sparks energy – Dehydration invites tiredness. Adequate water wakes up the body, increasing energy, while it boosts the immune system.
Diminish headaches – Researchers have shown individuals with severe headaches or migraines often improved when they drank at least seven glasses of water daily.
Brain/body service – Water keeps the brain synapses firing, nerves reacting and glands generating hormones.
Skin rescue – When the skin does not get enough water, it becomes wrinkled and dry and cell walls can develop cracks that invite infections.
After reading this you may be tempted to reach for your thermos of water. I did. I also thought of recent headaches, periods of pain and muscle weakness that might have been due to dehydraton. Best advice: drink enough water daily to look, feel and be better.
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