Water Pouring into Bottle ca. 2001

Water: Why Is It So Important?

As summer quickly approaches, many start to work out and eat healthier in hopes of attaining ideal beach bodies. There may be different diet methods and exercise regimes offered, but the one universal recommendation for a healthier body is to increase one’s daily intake of water. What is so important about water that everyone swears by it? Why is it so important to our health?

1. Water helps out muscles perform at their best state.

Because around 70% of our bodies consist of water, our bodies heavily rely on it. Water keeps the muscles and tissues moist, helping them perform more smoothly. The muscles near your joints are also protected by water because it acts as a lubricant and cushion for the muscles.

2. Water helps prevent digestive problems.

Digestion relies on saliva, which is basically the body’s own version of water. Saliva helps break down the food into minerals and nutrients that are more accessible to the body. A little extra water helps the food digest more easily. Also, water helps the waste in the intestines move through more smoothly, ultimately removing the body’s toxins and waste more efficiently.

3. Water helps the skin stay clear.

Like any other part of the body, skin is made up of cells. Skin cells need hydration and  essential nutrients delivered to them. Dehydrated skin cells can lead to the tight skin which causes wrinkles and fine lines. As mentioned previously, water helps the digestive system, removing the toxins out of your body and helping the skin glow and stay clear.

4. Water helps with weight loss.

Dehydration can at many times be misunderstood as hunger. When a person feels hungry they automatically eat food instead of drinking water. However, drinking water helps the stomach feel full and stops the brain from excessive snacking, ultimately helping weight loss.

However, it is important to remember that too much water is toxic. After all, nothing is healthy in excess. An excessive amount of water intake is unhealthy for the body for it lowers the level of sodium in the blood that the body needs. About 6 liters of water is how much it takes to cause water intoxication. It is important to be aware of how much water one drinks–not too much nor too little.

There is a reason as to why the saying,“water is healthy” is a cliche. There are many health-related benefits that come with drinking an adequate amount of water. Of course, too much of it may be harmful. But water, if taken daily and thoughtfully, benefits many parts of the body.

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