The Great Health Benefits Of Drinking Water

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/09/2014 | 10:45 AM EDT

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The month of May marks “Drinking Water Month,” a time to raise awareness to importance ofdrinking water as a means to a healthy lifestyle and as a key component in great-tasting food and beverages. Though we’re often taught at a young age on the necessity of water, very few actually drink the proper amount of daily water intake, often leading to dehydration and health complications. In case you needed any more reason, however, here are the greatest health benefits of water...drink up!


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It Controls Your Calories

For health obsessors looking to lower their calorie intake, drinking water does the drink just fine. While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages do a world of good. According to WebMD, 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.


Helps Energize Your Muscles

The reason why we’re encouraged to drink a lot of water when exercising is because cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. To counterbalance this, guidelines say you should drink fluids before and during physical activity. Health professionals recommend that people drink 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they also recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.


Keeps Your Skin Looking Good

Everyone wants their skin to glow, but makeup and moisturizer can only do but so much. However, your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. But don’t go thinking drinking water will help prevent wrinkles...you’ll need other precautions for that.


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Maintains Normal Bowel Function

Many people are probably unaware of the benefits water has on your bowel. 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 -- and the result is constipation.


Helps Maintain The Quality of Kidneys

For those who didn’t have this fact drill into their heads as a kid, water is essential for healthy kidneys. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. 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. You also put yourself at risk for kidney stones.

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