Summertime means spending more time outdoors; playing sports, sunbathing on the beach, picnicking with your family and simply enjoying being outside after the long winter months. Naturally, this means spending more time in the sun and trying to beat the heat and the possibility of dehydration.
Did you know more than half of your body is composed of water? All this water helps with critical functions like maintaining body temperature, cushioning and protecting vital organs and aiding in digestion.
On hot days, your body loses water through increased sweating. And not drinking enough water can interfere with your body’s necessary functions. This can lead to dehydration and if untreated, can develop into heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
When you’re packing the sunscreen this summer, make sure to bring some bottles of water too. Water helps keep you hydrated, which is important because every single cell in your body needs it in order to absorb nutrients and expel waste products. But what are some of the less known benefits of drinking water and staying hydrated?
1) Drinking Water Keeps You Young
Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, you could suffer from dehydrated skin which accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you don’t drink enough water and you become dehydrated, your body will try to retain it in order to conserve resources. This retention can make your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating.
2) Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
There’s a reason why most diets and fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps you lose weight.
Drinking water suppresses your appetite, making you feel full and as a result, you don’t eat as much. Staying hydrated also prevents fluid retention, because your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough.
Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you’re not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don’t need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation by keeping things in your intestinal tracts moving.
3) Drinking Water Makes You Smarter
Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!
Drinking plenty of water also supports nerve function. It ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain in the way they were meant to.
4) Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints
One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible, so that your movements are smooth and pain free.
5) Drinking Water Helps You Build Muscle
Did you know drinking water can also help make your muscles stronger?. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle. Water also carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles.
6) It will Improve Your Mood
Lack of sleep isn’t the only cause of headaches, irritability and fatigue. Studies suggest that increasing your daily amount of daily water intake can reduce the duration and intensity of a headache.
When your body is low on water, blood vessels will dilate, causing swelling and worsening the effects of a headache. According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), if you’re experiencing dizziness, this is a sign of dehydration. You should drink small amounts of water slowly over time.
7) It Lowers the Risk of Heart Attacks
The heart is one of the most important organs, pumping blood to the rest of the body. It’s very important to keep it healthy. According to the NIH, coronary heart disease, when your arteries clog up with plaque, is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. A worsening of coronary heart disease can lead to a heart attack. The best way to prevent it is to Drink more water. One study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that drinking more water is associated with a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease. And drinking liquids other than water actually increased the chances of the disease.
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