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How Does Your Water Intake Measure Up?

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people probably think they take in enough water.  In many cases, they drink something else as a substitute.  While this is not all bad, people still need water itself.  Making a point to drink throughout the day can help to avoid some chronic problems that are related to lack of water.  Dehydration can occur in all kinds of circumstances.  Many times, people have no idea that their water intake is insufficient, at least, it does not support the amount they need to counter the effects of their activities.  A conscious effort must be made to make sure that a steady intake is available to meet those needs.

Water Can Help the Brain to Do What It Needs to Do

People often fail to make the connection between the way the brain works and the availability of an adequate supply of water.  Studies have shown that as little as a 3 percent or less loss of water from the body can result in reduction or interference of normal brain function.  It may affect things such as mood, memory, and fatigue.  Taking in more water may make quite a difference in the brain's ability to perform as it needs.  It is also well-known that when people lose water, fatigue can be a huge problem.  They may not actually make the connection.

It May Help to Avoid Constipation

Plenty of people have issues with constipation.  It is common for those with poor diets and/or insufficient exercise programs.  Drinking more water can help to do several things.  One is that it can provide more water to the food people eat.  This can increase the bulk of it and help it to move it through the digestive system.  It can even have pretty fast results after people take in more water.  For those who may have such problems, it is worth a try.

It May Help with Weight Loss

Pretty much all weight loss programs encourage participants to drink more water.  In some cases, people who are hungry actually are in need of more water.  Drinking more water can help to satisfy that hunger.  It can also help to make people feel fuller and, therefore, have less desire to eat.  Anytime I try to start a program of losing weight, I increase my water intake.  I always try to drink a full glass of water before going to bed and as soon as I get up in the morning.  For the most part, the more I drink, the better I feel.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bluffton, S.C.

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