The Real Health Benefits Of H2O

We all know water plays a vital role in our health aside from quenching our thirst. It relieves cramps and constipation, eases indigestion and keeps off those extra pounds. In fact, drinking water is a simple and free way to ensure you perform well, stay energized and look youthful. Here’s why you should up your intake for better health now.

Improve Your Digestion

Water ensures that the proper nutrients are delivered to the body and that food is digested to its optimum. If your body lacks this hydration, it will halt the digestion process and the delivery of nutrients which in turn may cause constipation and also confuse the kidneys, which cleanse the body and alert thirst.

Up Your Energy Levels Naturally

If you’ve ever been dehydrated you will know that you feel weak, lethargic and every body movement takes effort. Your body craves water to function at its best, upping your water intake will in turn raise your energy levels. Cells that don’t maintain their fluid levels end up shrinking, which causes muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluid, they don’t work as well and your performance can suffer as a result. 

Help Your Kidneys Function Better

Body fluid helps transport waste in and out of the cells. The main toxin in your body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys and be excreted. If your kidneys are not getting sufficient water, the kidneys will get trapped and over time you may develop kidney stones, which are painful and often needs medical attention.

Drink Away The Pounds

Water is not a secret weight loss tool, but it will act as a thirst quencher, and kick calories by replacing high-calorie beverages. Plus, many of us are prone to thinking we’re hungry while in fact our body is just dehydrated. This is because the brain signals for both are similar. It’s also important to be aware what you drink. Don’t drink your calories, save that for nutritious food, especially if you are trying to lose weight. Water-rich foods, such as soups, oatmeal, cucumber and lettuce will help fill you up faster while also hydrating you too.

Hold Back The Years

There’s a reason water is referred to as the fountain of youth. Keeping your muscles hydrated and full of water helps your body stay active, keep moving, and feel alert. It works from the inside out and has the power to cleanse your body and its largest organ: the skin. Keeping it hydrated with enough water will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and ensure it’s not dry and cracked which can lead to break outs and imperfections.

Improve Brain Function And Prevent Headaches

A hydrated body helps in improving mood, boosting memory, reducing the frequency of headaches, and improving brain function. If the body experiences fluid loss, it can lead to anxiety and excessive fatigue.

Reduce Your Body’s Wear & Tear

The back of your body rests on the spinal cord. The spinal disk core is made up of a large volume of water and dehydration can lead to back aches. Similarly, you’ll be more prone to osteoporosis and hip fractures too.

Keep Pregnancy Woes At Bay

The nutrients and other factors needed for a baby’s growth can be carried from mother to the foetus via blood, which in turn needs water. Bladder infections and haemorrhoids are common during pregnancy but both can be avoided by drinking plenty of water during pregnancy.

Produce Better Breast Milk

You’ll often find nursing mums in close proximity to a water bottle, apart from quenching their own thirst, it’s been proven that breast milk is richer in nutrients and keeps the baby fuller for longer if you’re hydrated. The water helps produce a better consistency, texture and quality of milk when you’re chugging back your body weight in water!

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