Did you know that our bodies are 60% water? Every system in our bodies requires water to function. As a result of being primarily water if we don’t take in enough water there are many adverse effects. On the other side staying properly hydrated has a lot of benefits. So what does that mean for us and how much water we should take in? Everyone has heard that you should drink 8 cups of water a day. It’s not a bad rule of thumb, if not strictly scientific and can help you reap the benefits of proper hydration.
Here are just a few of the benefits you can get from drinking water.
Improve cognitive function: We are mostly water, our entire body, including our brain. Every cell in our body needs water to function properly. When we get dehydrated we get slow and sluggish. Drinking enough water during the day helps us to keep that foggy feeling at bay.
Help flush out toxins: Our bodies are amazing things, constantly working for us and filtering out toxins is one of the ways it is doing that. By not taking in enough water we slow down the process. By staying hydrated we help our bodies flush out these toxins.
Weight loss: Swapping water for soda is going to significantly cut back on the amount of calories. On top of that by drinking a lot of water throughout the day we are usually less hungry and eat smaller meals and help speed our metabolism.
Keep skin healthy: Who among us has never suffered from dry skin? When our skin dries out it gets fragile and wrinkles. If we let it go too long without doing something about it, it can even crack. Drinking water may not magically erase wrinkles but it will help keep them at bay as well as help keep them from getting worse. Our skin is our first line of defense against disease. We should do all we can to keep it healthy.
In short, staying hydrated helps us live better, look better and feel better. No matter what your health goals are water is going to play an important part. If you are looking to maintain or improve your help drinking water is one of many things you can do. If you have questions about other things that can be done please schedule an appointment today.