You are what you drink

April 21, 2017

Because water is important in so many body functions, getting enough water is key in achieving optimal health.

  • Water helps maintain blood volume, which maintains your energy
  • Proper hydration improves your concentration and reaction time, especially during exercise
  • Water increases the number of calories you burn during regular daily activities
  • Water helps rid the body of excess sodium that can cause fluid retention

Help protect against a variety of ailments.

Studies show there may be links between high water consumption and a reduced risk of:

  • Colds
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder cancer

May improve your appearance.

Water reaches the skin last; if your body does not get enough water, your skin will feel the effects more than any other organ. Water can hydrate the skin, leaving it:

  • Smoother
  • Softer
  • More supple
  • More wrinkle-free

May help you lose weight.

People often mistake thirst for hunger pangs, so we tend to eat snacks, when our bodies just need something to drink. Drinking water can also help you feel full, lessening your desire to eat.

Sources: Center for Disease Control, the Water Quality Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association. (USA).

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