Are you tired of hearing about why we should drink water and how much we should drink? If you answered yes, like me, you’re probably guilty of not drinking enough water or any for that matter. This article will only offend you if you are guilty of the charge but its true, water is a necessity and our bodies deserve to have it. Here are five very important reasons why you should drink water.
- Water helps control caloric intake. Substituting higher calorie beverages such as sodas and fruit juices with water helps with dieting and helps to reduce weight gain. I can personally attest to this fact. I’ve lost three pounds in two weeks by solely drinking water as my beverage of choice. It works!
- Water helps skin looking fresh and vibrant. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration. It’s important to have balance within your system, whatever you’re putting out you need to replenish. Ladies we can all agree that we don’t need any assistance in the aging process with fine lines and wrinkles. Let’s reduce them as much as possible by drinking more water and staying hydrated.
- Might help the fight against certain cancer. First of all we all have cancer cells but it’s up to us to do what we can to fight them off with the things we are putting in our body. Bladder cancer, though it may not be the leading cause of death still exist. Constantly flushing our urinary tract system with water could significantly reduce those risks along with other infections such as UTIs (urinary tract infection).
- Water may reduce headache occurrences. Ever watch Naked and Afraid, the first thing the participants always try to find is a water source. Particularly those that are in hotter climates, without water, has an increased chance of getting a headache and the longer they go without it, the more severe it can become. The next time you get a headache try drinking 2 cups (16 ounces) of water. You may experience some sort of relief within 30 minutes or so.
- Water keeps or kidneys in proper working order. I don’t know about you but I’ve never dreamt about being on dialysis and anyone that I’ve known personally does not enjoy it. Our kidneys are are very important. Once they shut down or stop working death is practically inevitable “But research over the years has suggested that drinking extra water helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body. And in the past year, two large studies found a lower risk of long-term kidney problems among people who drink more water and other fluids daily.”
I’m not saying jump on the “gallon” band wagon, however after reading this blog my hope is that you will start somewhere even if it’s only a bottle a day…start somewhere!
“Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” says Joan Koelemay, RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute, an industry group.
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