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We’ve all heard it before— “doctors say you should drink eight glasses of water a day.” In fact, we’ve heard it so many times that we’ve probably started to question its validity. “Oh, that’s just something my mother would say” or “That’s an exaggeration.” The truth is that the statement is indeed 100 percent true. Our bodies and brains are made up of roughly 70% water, and throughout the day we are losing plenty of it. Needless to say, staying hydrated throughout the day is incredibly important. But besides from the general consensus that drinking plenty of water is beneficial, how specifically does drinking water benefit our health? In this blog we will look at a handful of health benefits that you can experience simply by drinking water on a regular basis. Read on and discover the many benefits that staying hydrated can provide you with.
Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity
One of the most common causes of irregularity and constipation is mild to moderate dehydration-when your body hasn’t taken in enough water. Water is key to healthy digestion as it ensures that the food you take in is constantly moving through your intestines, keeping the digestion process moving along as it should. Not drinking enough water can provide you with much discomfort of the opposite variety, making it difficult for you to go to the bathroom. If this is something you find yourself experiencing on a semi regular basis, there’s a fair chance that you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day.
Drinking Water Aids in Weight Loss
For those of you trying to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, drinking water can certainly be of assistance to you in this process. Drinking water before meals increases your metabolism for roughly the duration of a meal, making you consume less calories as a result. This practice works especially well in older individuals, and when combined with a healthy diet and adequate exercise, you are sure to reach or maintain a healthy weight.
Keep Your Kidneys Working
Our kidneys are very important to our health overall, helping in the overall cleansing process of what we choose to put into our bodies. In order for them to do this, however, we have to be consuming an adequate amount of fluids, and most specifically, an adequate amount of water. A good way to tell if we are adequately hydrated is to simply pay attention to our urine. If it’s light or clear in color, then we are, at least at that time, properly hydrated. Drinking plenty of water also puts us at a lower risk of developing kidney stones, while drinking too many sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices can do just the opposite of that. Keep your kidneys healthy and sip water throughout the day.
Stay Hydrated and Stay Healthy
It almost seems too simple to be true, but when our bodies get sick with a cold, flu or similar sort of virus, the two best things to help it pass are adequate sleep and adequate hydration. What our bodies need when trying to fight off a virus is plenty of rest (as our body is working harder than usual to combat the sickness) and adequate hydration. But why hydration? Quite simply, adequate hydration ensures that our system is being flushed out throughout the day, and in doing so, we are helping to essentially flush the sickness out of our body. It’s also believed that drinking plenty of water helps to prevent certain types of cancer, cardiovascular issues and other ailments. Aside from increasing your water intake while sick, those who drink water regularly are less likely to get sick in the first place.
Decreases Instances of Headaches
While headaches can be caused by a wide variety of things including extreme hunger, pressure changes and inadequate sleep, one of the more common causes of headache is simply dehydration. Some may believe that dehydration is something that is obvious to a person when experiencing it, but there are varying levels of this, and while many can function seemingly well while mildly dehydrated, it’s best to avoid it altogether and stay hydrated consistently throughout the day.
Feed Your Muscles
If you’ve been paying attention to our previous blogs and have started to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, congratulations! One thing to keep in mind, though, is that staying hydrated during any sort of exercise is incredibly important, as we are losing a significant amount of water through sweating. While exercising, it’s certainly beneficial to stay hydrated, as your muscles lose water while exercising, causing them to get tired. If you stay hydrated while exercising, your muscles will be stronger, which means you will be more energized than if you didn’t. That increase in your energy level will allow you to exercise for longer, and that’s always a good thing. Drink water while exercising as well as after doing so; you’ll feel less tired and better overall.
We hope that this blog has provided you with a bit more insight as to the benefits of regularly drinking water. The best part— if you want to experience all or any of these benefits, you can start right now! Go get a cool glass of water and feel instantly refreshed. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing but the best for our clients. When you need healthcare, though, we are here for you. Contact us today for more information on Medicare, Medicaid and marketplace insurance policies.