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If you have a craving, a headache, are constipated or hungry, drink water.H2O does more than quench your thirst. Check out all the extra benefits you’ll receive from good, old-fashioned water.
Some suggest 8 (8 oz.) glasses a day while others suggest take your body weight (in pounds), divide it in half and drink that many ounces. Listen to what your body needs. The amount of water for each person is very individual, but if your urine isn’t mostly clear or you have any of the symptoms I mentioned above, you most likely aren’t getting enough H2O.
Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks. This is a scary stat, since sugary soda is a huge health hazard, upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water, which doesn’t have negative side effects. So put the sugary stuff to the side and it make water the number one drink of choice. Plus, the benefits really are endless.
12 Reasons to Drink More Water Every Day
1. Fluid balance – roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
2. Calorie control – forget other diet tricks — drinking water could also help with weight loss. Studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds. The secret reason? Water simply helps people feel full and as a result consume fewer calories.
3. Muscle fuel – sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. So for extra energy, skip the sugary “power” drinks and try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.
4. Clearer skin – certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. Water flushes out toxins and can reduce the onset of pimples.
5. Kidney function – our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body. Let’s drink to that!
6. Fatigue buster – move over coffee — water is a better fatigue fighter. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Just another reason to go for a big glass of the clear stuff.
7. Hangover help – if booze has got the best of you, help a hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop that pounding headache.
8. Pain prevention – a little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated.
9. Keep things flowing – nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water adds fluids to the colon, which helps make things, ahem, move smoothly.
10.Sickness fighter – water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather. Just beware — drinking fluids hasn’t been scientifically proven to beat colds in one swoop, so don’t swap this for a trip to the doctor or other cold remedies when needed.
11.Brain boost – a study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking. While it’s unclear if drinking the water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn’t hurt to try it out!
Bottom line…if you don’t listen to your body’s signals regarding thirst, you could face serious dehydration. And it happens more easily than you think. Try to sip throughout the day rather than chugging down huge glasses in order to meet your daily needs. Yes, it means more trips to the bathroom, but it’s just one more way to keep it all clean!