02.07.2015 Health & Fitness

5 Reasons You Should Drink Water Daily

LISTEN JUL 2, 2015

Water is very important for human existence as we make use of water for so many things, either to cook, wash, drink and lots more.

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Water is also described as a nutrient your body needs in order to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.

When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults.

Read how water helps boost your health below:
1 Water Can Help Control Calories:

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For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

2 Water Helps Energize Muscles:

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Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don't have adequate fluids, they don't work as well and performance can suffer. However, drinking enough fluids is important when exercising.

3 Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good:

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Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look drier and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration but once you are adequately hydrated, the kidney takes over and excretes excess fluids.

4 Water Helps Your Kidneys:

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Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine.

When you're getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

5 Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function:

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Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don't get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration which results in constipation.

However, adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning.

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