Most people spend part of their days dehydrated. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Water is so important to life that we can live only days without it. Water can help:
1. Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. An adult body is composed of about 70 percent water. This fluid aids in digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. When you’re low on fluids, you could even increase your risk of developing blood clots.
2. Control Calories. 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, it can help you feel full. Substituting water for higher calorie beverages can help reduce calories.
3. Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains water and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. However, excess water won’t plump up your skin, because once your fluids are in balance, your kidneys will excrete the excess.
4. Maintain Normal Bowel Function. 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.
5. Prevent Headaches. Headaches can be caused by dehydration. If you feel a headache coming on, try drinking water before resorting to medication.
6. Facilitate Kidney Function. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. Your kidneys clean and rid your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. When you’re getting enough fluids, urine is the color of light straw and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine becomes concentrated and the color of apple juice and odor increases as the kidneys hold back extra fluid for bodily functions. Drinking enough water can also help you avoid kidney stones.
7.Pad Your Joints. Drinking water can help reduce joint pain by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. The joint supplement glucosamine actually works by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
8. Improve Athletic Performance. Because muscle tissue is 74 percent water, dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness and electrolyte imbalance.
9. Cool You When It’s Hot. In hot weather you can become dehydrated faster. This can lead to muscle weakness and cramping and an increased risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Drink more water when the temperature goes up.
10. Regulate Body Temperature. The thermal properties of water and its ability to release heat from the body when sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin greatly helps maintain an even body temperature.