Staying hydrated is an essential part of health, and it is sometimes overlooked! Conventionally, we are told to aim for 8 glasses of water per day! This can vary from person to person and you should consult with your doctor to talk about your specific intake. It also varies on factors such as how often you exercise, if you are outdoors, sickness, the temperature, etc.
Here are 5 reasons to stay hydrated:
1. Aids in Digestion:
In order to digest food properly, we need proper hydration. Water aids in breaking down soluble fiber to get things moving in the right direction. Without regular hydration, we can experience gas, bloating, discomfort, etc.
2. Weight Loss/Management:
Not only can water help keep you full between meals, but it can help boost metabolism! Drinking a full glass of water with each meal keeps us from overeating and indulging in unnecessary calories. It has also been shown to reduce the amount of fats, sugars and cholesterol we eat on a daily basis.
3. Healthy Heart:
Our blood is made up of 90% water! If we do not consume enough water, the blood can be become too concentrated! This will cause an imbalance of important electrolytes such as potassium and sodium. Both of these are key to maintaining a healthy heart!
4. More Energy:
When we are dehydrated, we can slow down the circulation to our brains. Less oxygen to the brain leads to fatigue! The heart will also have to pump harder to get the oxygen out to the brain that it’s lacking. This will make us feel tired, less focused and sluggish.
5. Deceased Joint Pain:
The cartilage in our joints contains about 80% water. Keeping up with hydration helps the joints to stay lubricated, which reduces friction. Less aches and pains leads to much easier movement!
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