You Asked: ''What Are the Benefits of Drinking More Water?''


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10/7/2012 7:00 AM   :  8 comments   :  50,472 Views

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As a whole, we are made up of 70% water. Water regulates every function in our bodies. Water flushes out waste and toxins. It also transports all the necessary nutrients we need to look and feel good. It flushes out impurities in the skin; when skin cells are hydrated, they plump up to give you a good complexion. Also, muscles that are hydrated look more toned because they are made of 70% water. Not drinking enough water is similar to depriving that less-than-vibrant plant you water every few weeks. The plant will survive, but at what expense.

Other benefits of drinking water include:
  • Helps digest food 
  • Lowers Blood pressure 
  • Reduces Constipation 
  • Lessens Asthma 
  • Eases Depression 
  • Metabolizes fat 
  • Supports healthy hair and nails 
  • Carries more blood and oxygen to your face
  • Eases irritability 
  • Regulates body temperature so you don't get too cold or too hot 
  • Suppresses appetite 
  • Prevents water retention 
  • Reduces stress 
There are so many aches and pains that most people attribute to being old, sick or tired that are probably just a case of dehydration. Even a lack of concentration and focus can be attributed to a lack of water. It only makes sense, considering our brains are made up of 90% water. Those nagging headaches we often get, that most people shrug off as part of life, can also just be a case of dehydration. What about those painful joints that we complain about? Water works as a lubricant: When we're hydrated, the two opposing surfaces (for example, the femur and the tibia at the knee) will glide freely, causing less pain.

Since water is so good for so many things, doesn't it just make sense to make sure you're well-hydrated at all times?

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    I've never heard that increasing water drinking can help ease depression. Could you please give your source for this claim? Is there any research that supports this?
    Thank you. - 11/7/2015   11:18:35 AM
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    I find that drinking water prevents/cures headaches. - 11/6/2015   3:25:38 PM
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    This is the best blog. I am trying to make a copy of it for my fridge. WATER! WATER! WATER! is the answer. - 11/6/2015   7:07:13 AM
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    I continue to struggle with my dislike of drinking water. I have worked at reaching my 8 glasses a day goal for over two years and only made it twice. - 6/11/2015   10:06:37 PM
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    Love love water. I think I drink just enough each day for the activities or lack of activities I do. - 11/10/2014   4:49:30 PM
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    Be careful on over drinking water and other beverages in too high of a quantity. My Mom has been told that her salt is extremely low and it is from how much water she drinks. She loves water and she was drinking about two gallons a day. she is now being told to salt her food and drink half of her water in Propel to get back some salt. She is not athletic nor diabetic, she just drinks too much water. Her total liquid intake is no longer to exceed 64oz- period! Just a caution! - 11/6/2014   6:41:21 PM
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    I still am not gonna drink loads of plain water, I drink coffee, not very strong, all day and until bedtime, drink water sips for thyroid med. Dietitian says that's ok, any liquid you have is OK, so that's that. - 11/6/2014   3:34:06 PM
    Wow so much information on why to drink water!! Thanks for all the wonderful tips, some of those I wasn't even aware of. - 4/23/2014   10:06:35 AM

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