It’s never too late to start a new good habit or to make a resolution. If you find that you seldom drink water, maybe it’s time to include more water in your future. Severe dehydration has dire effects, but even mild dehydration can take its toll. Your energy level drops, you might get a headache or even search through your refrigerator for something to eat, since the body often mistakes thirst for hunger.
Instead of getting ibuprofen for achy joints, drink a glass of water sans the pill.
If your joints are aching, it might come from dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, it can cause inflammation which settles in the joints. Dehydration also causes other problems that can create that ache, like low lubrication. When you have adequate hydration, your body functions at its best. It has the appropriate blood volume and good circulation that sends oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, including the joints. To avoid aching joints, stay hydrated throughout the day by sipping on water frequently.
Drinking more water can help you lose weight.
The extra energy water provides can help you move more and burn more calories. The water also fills you up without adding extra calories. Ironically, drinking more water can help you lose water weight. Your body retains water when your sodium level is higher. When you drink more water, you help flush your system, lowering that sodium level. When the sodium level is lowered, your body ceases retaining water. Drinking more water can also boost your metabolism by up to 30%. One study showed that consuming two liters of water a day caused an extra 96 calories to be burned.
Keep your teeth white and your brain and digestive system functioning properly.
You need ample water to create saliva and moisten the eyes, mouth and nose. That saliva not only helps remineralize teeth and clean them, but it also prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Flush your mouth with water after you eat acidic foods or sweets, instead of brushing immediately. The acid in the food softens the teeth, making it easier for the toothbrush to cause abrasion. The water also helps keep your breath fresh.
- You can lose focus and concentration if you aren’t adequately hydrated. Water not only cushions the brain, but it also helps create neurotransmitters and hormones. It’s necessary for brain functioning.
- To increase your water intake, have bottles of water ready in the refrigerator. You’ll be more likely to drink it when it’s cold and easy to access. If you don’t like plain water, try infused water.
- Dehydration can cause either high blood pressure or low blood pressure, depending on the individual. It causes lower blood volume, which makes the heart work harder.
- Instead of grabbing a soft drink, drink a glass of water. It saves calories. Teach your children healthy habits by giving them water instead of juice or soft drinks.
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