Constipation and Bloating

Drinking Water Benefits

Did you know drinking water benefits? There are many reasons we should drink more water. We’ve compiled some of the best ways to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. With so many distractions in life, staying hydrated can be tough to accomplish. Drinking water benefits your body in so many ways, including providing your body with the much needed H2O for proper functioning, aiding digestion, transporting nutrients to cells, and detoxifying the body after a day’s work, healthier Teeth, And More.

Drinking Water Benefits Hydration, Healthier Teeth, and More

Drinking water benefits – Did you know that water is the most important nutrient in your body? It is the primary transporter of nutrients in the body. Without water, you cannot use the nutrients that come from carbs, proteins, and fats. About 70% of the human body is water. It is important to keep your blood pressure under control, to lose weight effectively, to digest food properly, and to maintain a healthy body temperature. Water is a major constituent of various body parts and is present in the following amounts;

  • Brain and heart–73% water
  • Lungs – 83% water
  • Skin–64% water
  • Muscles and kidneys–79% water
  • Bones–31% water

At birth, babies are composed of 78% water and this decreases to 65% by age 1. Adult men and women contain slightly different amounts of water because of differences in body composition. Women carry more fat, which contains less water than lean tissue. Thus, bodies of adult women are composed of 55% water, whereas bodies of adult men are composed of 60% water.

Why it is important to hydrate yourself properly?

Hydration is more than just drinking sufficient water. In order to meet your daily recommended intake of water, you must drink at least 12 glasses of water every day. This can vary depending on the weather and your level of physical activity.

14 Benefits of drinking sufficient water

  1. It lubricates joints
  2. Assists in the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to cells
  3. It helps in the production of mucous and saliva, which further helps in the digestion of food and also keeps eyes, nose, and mouth moist
  4. Relieves fatigue
  5. Protects the spinal cord and sensitive tissues
  6. It delivers oxygen throughout the body
  7. Drinking water helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. If you are dehydrated, the skin becomes more prone to acne breakouts, infections, and even wrinkles.
  8. Help maintain proper electrolyte balance
  9. Reduces risk for urinary tract infections
  10. It helps in regulating blood pressure and makes vitamins and minerals more accessible to the body
  11. Assists in the removal of waste via urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
  12. Help to treat headaches and migraines
  13. It also helps in controlling weight. Drinking water throughout the day can help to control hunger pangs.
  14. Drinking water is the most efficient way to prevent muscle aches, joint problems, bloating, obesity, and dull skin

What factors increases drinking water needs?

  1. Fever
  2. Diarrhea or vomiting
  3. Physical activity or exposure to warm/hot conditions
  4. Replace fluids lost through sweat. With excessive sweating, drinks rich in sodium are recommended.
  5. Consuming a high-protein diet (to help promote proper kidney function)
  6. Consuming a high-fiber diet (to prevent constipation)

14 Tips on how to drink more water

Our lifestyle is very dehydrating. We consume too much processed food, drink too many teas, coffees, and wines. Even a small drop in the water content of the body lowers our blood volume (enough to get the kidneys and heart overworked). This increases sodium content in our blood, which triggers the thirst response. What’s worse is that an increase in age, inactivity, and stress dulls our thirst mechanism and also lowers the water reserve in our body. All this together leaves us dehydrated most of the time (which is also a major cause of bloating.

How to keep hydrated?

One must drink enough water to ensure that urine is always crystal clear, not light yellow, dark yellow, or reddish. If you do not drink water often, follow these tips to develop this healthy habit:

  1. Keep a water bottle or glass of water nearby at all times
  2. Carry a one-litre water bottle wherever you refill it wherever possible
  3. Pour a glass of water to consume with food intake, whether during meals or snack time
  4. For every cup of coffee or tea consumed, pour a glass of water to sip on as well
  5. Each time you use the restroom, stop to drink some water
  6. Drink 1 glass of water before and after bed
  7. Add ice cubes to your water to make it more refreshing
  8. Eat hydrating foods like cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon, pineapple, vegetable juice, soup, buttermilk, lassi
  9. Infuse your water with fruits and/or herbs to give it a subtle flavor like lemon, basil, cardamom, elaichi, mint, etc
  10. Consume sparkling water instead of soda or juice
  11. Monitor your water intake by using a water bottle that is marked
  12. Mobile apps are available to help track your water intake
  13. You can set a reminder on your phone of drinking water
  14. Set goals for how much and how often you want to drink water throughout the day
Conclusion

Water promotes health when consumed in adequate amounts. A healthy human body is good at signaling the need for fluids and foods to maintain a hydrated state. It is worthwhile to start your daily routine with a glass of water along with fruit and vegetables and attempt to choose water over tempting caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. An end your day with a glass of lemon or mildly hot water.

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