March 7, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
Water is essential for good health, without it our bodies would not function properly. More than half of body weight is made up of water, making it impossible to survive without it for mor than a few days. Why?
1. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids.
-This includes digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva production, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
2. Water can help control calorie intake.
-While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can definitely help. Choosing water or a non-caloric beverage over a caloric-beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-dense foods that are healthier, more filling, and help control calorie intake.
3. Water provides energy for muscles.
-Itis important for cells to maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes so as to keep from muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don’t have enough fluids, they can lead to poor performance.
4. Water hydrates skin.
-Skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.
5. Water benefits the kidneys.
-Waste products are transported in and out of cells by body fluids. The kidneys cleanse and rid the body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate.
6. Water aids in digestion and bowel function.
-Adequate hydration prevents constipation by keeping things flowing through your gastrointestinal tract. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration– resulting in constipation.
Tips to Help you Drink More Water:
- Before you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water. Before you eat and inbetween meals, feelings of hunger can be mistaken for feelings of thirst.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will aid in hydration.
- Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk ,or in your bag.
- Find which water temperature you like the most. If you like water ice cold, find a container where you can keep it iced all day.
- Add lemon juice, lime juice, orange slices, cucumber slices, or berries for flavor.
- If you like soda, try sparkling mineral water or flavored sparkling mineral water. None of the calories and all of the carbonation.
- Try using a straw since sometimes sipping from one can help you drink more.
- Starting your day with a glass of water is easier because you’re thirsty from the sleep you just had.
- We tend to overlook tea as a source of hydration, but if you avoid caffeine and sugar, tea is a great hydrator.
- Remember: once you start a healthy habit, you’ll start realizing how good it makes you feel. The good thing about water is it will never make you feel tired or bloated.