Drinking water might sound boring, it might not be the tastiest beverage. It has no calories but the benefits are out of this world. Our body and its systems can only function optimally if there is proper circulation of Oxygen and nutrients in the blood-stream. Among the many benefits of proper hydration include;
a)Improved digestion and reduces constipation.
If your body does not have enough water, the colon pulls water from the stool in an effort to maintain hydration, making it harder to pass as a result. Water, especially if taken warm, improves the function of the tract well and promotes bowel movement. Vegetables, fruits, wholemeal foods, exercise, and most importantly water intake should be increased just in case it takes more than a day to move bowels.
One of the first signs of dehydration other than a headache or a dry thirsty throat is fatigue. Inadequate hydration causes the blood volume to drop. As a result, your heart works harder to pump Oxygen into the bloodstream. Water serves as a medium for all biochemical reactions and helps to maintain a high blood volume for optimal athletic performance. Other organs also work less efficiently.
Making the effort to change your daily habits by adding more physical activities and reducing overall caloric intake creates a good foundation for long-lasting weight loss success. Drinking water ensures your organs work optimally. This increases metabolism, allowing your body to burn more fat. Yes, water has zero calories. If your exercise sessions exceed an hour the focus should be on water replacement. Drinks that contain Sodium and Calcium help to restore the electrolyte deficit.
d)For your skin and joints.
Consuming enough water hydrates your skin, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and it flushes toxins out of the body. It allows nutrients and water to travel to organs and cells. Water also regulates our body temperatures and is great for our joint lubrication. Our bodies are made of 70% water for a good reason. Treat yourself well with 8 or more glasses of water every day as we strive for a HEALTHY COMMUNITY. As with any healthy change, taking an ‘incremental step by step’ approach is the way to be successful in hydration as well. A liter at a time.