Water, It's Good for the Body
By Donna Stark
Drink more water! Yes, you’ve probably heard it a million times already. In fact, maybe you have heard it so many times that it has lost its value by now, but it’s important to realize that there truly is nothing more valuable to your health. It can be hard though, can’t it, especially with our busy lives. We go through the motions each day as if we are on autopilot, driving from one event to the next, eating out of plastic wrappers in parking lots. Sometimes we may even turn to other, unhealthy drink options just to get us through the next thing on the list or to replace a meal that we don’t have time for. And then do you know what happens? The next day comes and the cycle continues. You might be thinking, "Sure, that sounds like me, but I know that I totally drink enough water ... after all, isn’t my coffee made out of it?” Well yes, it is, but that is definitely not enough!
Drink Water, Then Drink Some More
The recommended requirement is eight large glasses of water every day. Are you drinking this much? Because most people aren’t. A huge percentage of the population suffers from chronic dehydration, and more than likely, you’re among them! It may even be the reason why you feel moody, tired, or sick. But if you’ve got these problems, don’t worry, it’s an easy fix. Here are some reasons why you should add more water to your days.
- Energy - If you are feeling sluggish and tired, it's probably because you're dehydrated. Water, on the other hand, helps to keep your energy levels even.
- Brain power - Your brain is dependant on adequate hydration to function optimally, and when you don’t drink enough water, the balance is disrupted. So drink plenty of water and get rid of that brain fog by staying hydrated.
- Skin health - If you want to see a marked improvement in the health of your dry, flaky skin, skip the expensive creams and lotions and increase your daily water intake instead.
- Immune system - Are you constantly feeling under the weather? Drinking the recommended amount of water flushes toxins from the body and ensures that your cells get all of the oxygen they need to stay healthy. This helps to create a strong foundation for your immune system to work properly.
- Joint health - Long-term dehydration can erode the function of the joints in your body, leading to pain and discomfort. Drinking plenty of water though, helps combat this by lubricating and cushioning your joints which will help you enjoy physical activity so much more!
- Nutrient absorption - When you drink plenty of water, your body is better able to absorb all of the nutrients you consume. This is because, in addition to helping break down what you eat, water also helps to dissolve and deliver the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to all parts of your body.
Fill Your Glass
Drinking the recommended amount of water is by far, one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health and wellness. Keep a bottle or glass next to you and continue to fill it throughout the day -- so much so that you drink half your bodyweight in ounces. And in doing so, you will soon stop feeling like a robot and start feeling more like yourself!
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