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What Is the Big Deal About Water?

By Tom Herrin

When most people were young, they were likely told to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.  It may be a pretty random figure, but many fail to drink enough all the time.  With drive-thru eateries almost everywhere, a lot of individuals choose to do just that.  When they are thirsty, or simply craving some kind of beverage, they drive through one of these establishments and order a super size drink.  It is a liquid and can do some good things, but plain water is an essential also.  Waiting until they are thirsty is not a good guide all of the time.  Water is critical to good health for everyone.

It May Affect Energy and Mental Operation

When people get dehydrated, which may be with as little as a 3 percent or less loss of their water, they may find themselves suffering from a variety of things.  It can affect the memory, increase anxiety, and cause headaches, among other things.  Loss of an adequate amount of water can also contribute to fatigue.  Many people have suffered this and passed it off as just being tired when, in fact, it may be directly related to water loss.

It May Help Relieve Constipation

A large number of people deal with the uncomfortable feeling of constipation on a regular basis.  Many may resort to taking some kind of a laxative when some minor changes in their daily habits could possibly make all of the difference.  Eating more fiber is always good.  Another thing here is to drink more, a lot more.  When people drink the right amount of water, their digestion may become easier as they have a bulkier material.  Drinking more water can sometimes have an almost immediate effect.  For those who have this particular problem, it is worth drinking more as a potential solution.

It May Help With Weight Management

A lot of us are on and off with our efforts to lose, or maintain, weight.  One of the simplest things to modify is to drink more water.  Doing so before meals can help us to feel fuller and eat less.  It can also help to prevent us from feeling hungry as much.  Many times, when we feel as if we are starving, we are actually needing water.  Drinking a couple of glasses when we feel like that may help to curb that feeling of starvation.  I try to drink a full glass before going to bed and as soon as I get up in the morning along with trying to drink more throughout the day.  For me, it helps.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Hollywood, Calif.

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