How Much Water Do You Drink: Water Is a Health Beverage
It seems unimaginable that there are things you can do to improve your health that takes almost no effort, and costs almost nothing.
Water plays a role in weight loss; it replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that has zero calories. Water is a great appetite suppressant. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar.
Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
Water lowers your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired, even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, and muscle weakness.
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
Drinking water can clear up your skin, people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
The human digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
Water helps your kidneys function. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate.
Water helps maintain normal bowel function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration; one result of dehydration is constipation.
Drinking a healthy amount of water has been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.
Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
How Much, Is Enough Water
When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
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