Keeping your body adequately hydrates should come naturally, but it doesn’t. Too often people opt for sugary soft drinks and skip drinking water. In the city, some water tastes bad or had added chemicals that deter from the natural refreshing flavor, making it even more difficult to stay hydrated. The body composition is mostly water. In fact, depending on your age and sex, it contains 55-65% water. There’s a survival rule of three. You can go approximately 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter in severe conditions, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. Water is far more important than food.
There are some huge weight loss benefits to drinking more water.
If you drink more water, it’s a big boost to weight loss. That doesn’t mean guzzling gallons of water, but drinking about eight cups a day. Sometimes, the body tricks us, and we think we’re hungry, but instead, we’re only thirsty. Drinking water in that case can help weight loss. If you drink a glass of water before a meal, studies show you’ll eat less, which can help with weight loss as well. You’ll even lose water weight if you drink more water. Water weight sometimes occurs because of too much sodium and your body clings to water to attempt to keep the balance. Drinking more water can help flush out the sodium and the water weight as well.
Your body won’t function at its best if you’re dehydrated.
Severe dehydration can take your life and have serious consequences. Even minor dehydration can cause your body to function less efficiently. Water helps regulate the body’s temperature and is part of the process of building new cells. It is integral in the process of eliminating waste materials and important for the brain. It forms a barrier around the brain to absorb shocks. If you have achy joints, you may be slightly dehydrated, since water lubricates the joints.
If you want get-up-and-go, don’t grab a cup of Joe.
Grab a bottle of water, instead. It can get you up and running faster in many cases. If you’re slightly dehydrated, it can cause muscle aches and make you feel out of steam. While the caffeine in coffee and to a lesser extent the water, can give you a burst of energy, coffee is a diuretic, so you actually end up depleting your body of water through urination. The next time you’re feeling wiped out, consider water instead of coffee, an energy or sports drink or carbonated beverage. You’ll get a boost and whether you’re working at a desk or working out, perform better.
- Water can also be a benefit for your complexion. Since it flushes out waste, it can help with troubled skin. It also helps keep older skin plump and more youthful looking.
- Older people dehydrate faster, so hydrating frequently is important. Sometimes, mild dehydration can cause people to have the same behavior as dementia, like confusion, and can increase UTIs by reducing the bacteria flushing fluids, making it even more important for seniors to drink adequate water.
- Not only should you drink an eight ounce glass of water before a meal to cut your appetite, you should make that water ice-cold. The body uses extra calories to warm it after the cold drink.
- Mild dehydration can cause headaches, mental fog, muscle contraction in the legs, arms and back. If it’s more severe, it can cause heart failure, convulsions and other serious problems.
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