Are you thirsty? If so you are already dehydrated. By the time you experience thirst your body is calling to be rehydrated. Our bodies are made up of almost two-thirds water, making drinking water essential to our health. It is important to understand water’s role in a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the benefits water has in our bodies:
Regulates Body Temperature
Our body contains a heat capacity, which helps with the changes in body temperature in warm and cold environments. Water allows the body to sweat and cool down when our body is overheated.
Maintains Balance of Body Fluids
Your body is comprised of 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva and body temperature.
Cells that do not maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel resulting in muscle fatigue.
The skin is an organ. Like every other part of your body it is made up of cells and cells are made up of water. Without water the skin cells cannot properly function. A lack of water will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin is less resilient and prone to wrinkling.
Helps your Kidneys
You body fluids transport waste in and out of our cells. The main toxin in our body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste. This toxin is passed through the kidneys to be excreted in urine. If you do not drink enough water you are at risk for kidney stones.
Normal Bowel Function
Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When there is not enough fluid the colon pulls water from our stool ultimately resulting in constipation.
Controls your Calorie Intake
Drinking water does not have any magical effect on weight loss. But water does only have zero calories. Substituting water for a high calorie beverages results in a lower calorie intake.
Dehydration can affect your mood and can make you grumpy and confused.
Headaches are caused by dehydration. Drinking water does not only prevent headaches but it can also be a natural remedy to alleviate a headache.
Less Joint Pain
Water keeps joints lubricated, cushions the joints and keeps the cartilage in your body soft and hydrated resulting in less joint pain.