The Health Benefits Of Water: Why We Need To Drink Lots Of It

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Water is the most important element of life. All living things need it and if they don't get enough of it, they die. For instance, the human body is made up of about 60% water, but it constantly loses it primarily through urine and sweat.

This has led to different opinions on how much water we should be drinking every day. Most health experts would recommend 2 liters which is equal to eight ounces. However, there are some who think people should take water frequently, even if they are not thirsty.

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Water helps to prevent health problems

Some studies have shown that those who drink more water have a lower risk of kidney stones and bladder cancer. Other reports have also indicated that water can help with constipation, hydrate the skin and reduce acne.

Keeping your body hydrated helps it to retain high level of moisture in sensitive areas like eyes, nose, bones, blood and brain. In addition, water helps to protect the spinal cord and joints by acting as a cushion and lubricant.

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Water can help with weight loss

Drinking more water, especially before meal can have weight loss benefits as it reduces appetite and temporarily increases metabolism. When taken a half an hour before meal, water can also reduce the amount of calories consumed, especially in older people.

It is advisable to ditch factory-processed juice and sodas and replace them with water to help with weight loss. Adding a slice of lemon can be helpful too because the pectin in lemons reduce food cravings.

Water improves energy level and brain function

Dehydration is caused by not taking enough water and this can reduce energy levels and brain function can start to suffer. Fluid loss, especially after exercise can adversely affect mood and concentration, as well as increase the frequency of headaches.

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Water loss can occur in high heat, or during a fever or illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea. If the body losses fluids due to any of these reasons, energy level is dropping significantly. It is important to increase fluid intake and restore the body's natural hydration level.

At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water the body needs. However, because your body loses water through breathing, digestion and sweating, it is important to hydrate it by drinking fluids and eating water-rich foods.

Source: everydayHEALTH

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