Why Exactly Is Water So Healthy?
Why Exactly Is Water So Healthy?When you’re parched, there is nothing quite like an ice-cold glass of water to satisfy your palette. Water is one of the most amazing beverages with stunning health benefits, yet for the past two decades, water took the back seat to sugar-laden soda! Part of the reason why water has gotten back in the driver’s seat is due to the fact that over the past several years, soda has been building up a bad reputation. Downing copious amounts of soda can result in a much higher risk of obesity and with obesity comes a wide range of health concerns including diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma and heart disease.
It is wonderful news to hear that water is back on top! In fact, go grab a tall glass right now and then read just why water is such a powerful health enhancer.
Your body is comprised of at least 60% water, so it’s no wonder why drinking water is good for us. Water helps with digestion, nutrient absorption and transportation, circulation, and maintenance of body temperature. When you fail to drink enough water, you might start to experience blurred vision, light-headedness, headaches and loss of concentration. That’s because the fluid in your body has become depleted thus cannot transport the proper nutrients to the proper places.
Another terrific benefit that comes with drinking a lot of water is that it helps people lose weight. No, water doesn’t have a magical nutrient that causes people to lose massive amounts of weight over night but it does have the benefit of being calorie-free, thus if someone were to replace their caloric beverages with water, they would be able to lose weight at a faster rate. People have also noted that drinking more water keeps them fuller, thus they don’t need to reach for empty calorie snacks.
If you’re looking to build muscle, then you will certainly want to increase your water intake. Muscle thrives on water. In fact, drinking enough during all forms of exercise is vital because when muscles don’t get enough fluid, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer. Guidelines recommend that people drink regularly during exercise in order to replace fluid lost through sweat.
A clear complexion certainly helps build self-esteem, and water can help do just that. When you’re dehydrated, you skin tends to look more wrinkled and dry. By drinking enough water, you can improve the texture of your skin. Water is not the fountain of youth however, because once you are in fact adequately hydrated; your kidneys excrete excess fluids. Still, drinking enough water, as mentioned, can help clear your skin from blemishes, dryness and ward off wrinkles to an extent.
You probably don’t think much about your kidneys, but they are vital organs that work very hard in your body transporting fluids and ridding your body of toxins. With sufficient fluids in your body, your kidneys can easily flush away and cleanse your system, but without it you can experience kidney stones, little “pebbles” created from the build up of toxins in your body.
Speaking of toxic build up in your body, constipation can be avoided by drinking enough water as well. The water helps push debris through your intestines. When you lack ample fluid intake, your colon pulls water from stool to maintain hydration, which results in constipation. Essentially water acts as a broom and sweeps waste out of your body.
Carrying a water bottle around with you at all times is one of the easiest ways to ensure you get enough water throughout the day. Eating more fruits and vegetables can also help you reach your daily allotment of water because produce is made up of mainly water. If you’re not a fan of plain water, feel free to drink herbal teas and carbonated waters. You will know you’re drinking enough water when your urine is light in color or clear and free of odor.
Sugar-laden soda has nothing on crystal-clear water.
- Ari Vinograd, CEO, Wise Choice Health, Inc
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