9 reasons to drink water

9 reasons to drink waterWhen I was younger, you were supposed to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Then, research came out that said you didn’t need to drink that much water. So, how much water should you drink?

The Institute of Medicine has determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total fluids a day. The recommended intake for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total fluids a day.

This advice isn’t that much different than the 64 ounces I learned as a kid. The one difference is that the Institute of Medicine counts all “fluids” as part of your daily total, not just water.

Is it still important to drink water? Absolutely! Here are 9 reasons to drink plenty of water each day:

Lose weight
Water aids in the metabolism of the stored fats in your body and helps flush out the by-products of fat breakdown as well as other toxins. In addition, when you choose to drink water instead of a beverage with calories, it can help you reduce your calorie intake. Drinking water can also reduce feelings of hunger so that you will eat less.

Relieve a headache
Water can help relieve headaches and back pain due to dehydration. There are many other reasons for headaches and back pain, but dehydration is a common one. Keeping hydrated may help stave off these types of aches and pains.

Help digestion
A number of digestive issues can be caused by not drinking enough water. Constipation, heartburn, gastritis and ulcers can be prevented by maintaining a proper water intake. Water can also boost metabolism by helping your digestive system work properly.

Look younger
When your skin is hydrated, you look younger. Water moisturizes your skin, replenishes skin tissues and increases skin elasticity. Basically, water gives your skin a glow and helps keep it looking fresh.

Prevent cramps
Staying hydrated will help you keep your joints and muscles lubricated. This means you are less likely to suffer from cramps or sprains.

Reduce risk of disease
Drinking plenty of water helps your body fight disease and illnesses, such as the flu, kidney stones and even a heart attack. Water may also help reduce the risks of bladder and colon cancer. Drinking water also improves your immune system and may help minimize the symptoms of arthritis.

Be more productive
You feel more energized and alert when you have proper hydration. That’s because your brain and tissues are made up primarily of water. The more water, the better your ability to think.

Exercise more effectively
You need to drink plenty of water when you are exercising. You will be more energized while you workout, and the water helps fuel your muscles. Water also helps regulate your body temperature. While you’re active, it can balance your inner temperature.

Improve your mood
Water makes your body feel good. And if your body feels good, it will tell your brain which will in turn make you feel happy. In addition, it just feels good to know you are doing something that will improve your overall health.

So, go drink a glass of water!

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