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Water and wellness: Everything you need to know about hydration

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Drinking water is good for you.

You should drink at least eight cups of water a day.

Half of your body weight is the number of ounces of water you need each day.

Drinking water helps you lose weight.

People who drink water are healthier.

These are just a few of the common water and hydration facts you have probably heard before. And all of them, to a degree, are true! Drinking sufficient water throughout the day does help your body function properly and can even help you maintain or lose weight.

I've always heard about the magical properties of water, but I still had a few questions. How does hydration affect our bodies and why is it so important? Below is a list of facts I learned from my research.

1. Water increases calorie burn

Yep. Just by drinking water, you can burn more calories, even while at rest. Moreover, drinking cold water increases calorie burn even further because your body has to expend energy to heat up the water in order to properly digest it.

The difference in calorie burn is only about 2% - 3%, but over the course of many days, weeks, and months, those calories make a difference.

2. Water helps digestion

Removing waste from the body requires water. Efficient waste removal helps a person lose weight, which is one of the reasons water is so important in the weight loss process. A build-up of waste can cause discomfort, bloating, and even fatigue.

Water also assists the kidneys in filtering out toxins while keeping the nutrients and electrolytes necessary for proper functioning. helps the kidneys to filter toxins and waste while the organ retains essential nutrients and electrolytes.

3. Water is good for your skin

Drinking water may not prevent wrinkles, but it will help your skin retain elasticity, which gives it a supple appearance and texture. Think about it like moisturizing your skin from the inside out!

4. Water helps your muscles and joints work properly

Muscle tissue is made up of mostly water. Staying properly hydrated helps the cells inside and outside the muscle to contract. Therefore, building muscle or retaining muscle requires proper hydration.

Similarly, joint cartilage is also made from mostly water. Drinking water keeps joints properly lubricated lowering risk of damage or inflammation.

Drink up!

So, there you have it. Four great reasons to drink water. As far as the exact amount of water you should be drinking, different sources say different things. Generally speaking, 8-10 glasses of water is recommended, but if you are an active person or if you live in a place with very warm weather, you will need more water.

Here are the highlights:

Drinking water is easy to do and it's good for you. So do it! You can buy a fun water bottle, add some lemon to you water, whatever it takes to motivate you to stay hydrated.

Your body is made up of mostly water, so it stands to reason that drinking plenty of water helps your body function properly.

For more useful health information, check out my other blogs!

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