Top 8 Benefits of Staying Hydrated
We all know that staying hydrated is good for us. But if I asked you to name some of the specific benefits of drinking water, could you name more than a few?
Believe it or not, there are a multitude of benefits to staying hydrated, many of which aren’t immediately obvious. Read on for the top 8 benefits of staying hydrated. You may never look at water the same way again!
1) Hydrated skin helps prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It helps to regulate temperature and it protects certain sensitive organs from damage. In order for the skin to do its job, it needs a lot of water in the outermost layers of cells known as the epidermis. When your skin is lacking water, you can see wrinkles forming around your eyes and mouth, especially when you smile. Drinking water can keep your skin youthful and soft to the touch.
2) Drinking water can help you burn fat
If you are dehydrated, your body is unable to burn fat as efficiently and you may notice an increase in cravings for salty, sugary foods. This is because your body thinks it needs more nutrients, which can lead to snacking on unhealthy foods, and potentially eating more than your body really needs.
3) Staying hydrated can improve your sleep, helping you feel more rested in the morning
Dehydration can interrupt your sleep cycles, which can lead to fatigue during the day. A study in 2018 showed that adults who were not hydrated had poorer sleep quality than adults who were drinking plenty of water.
4) Staying hydrated can improve your energy
If you are dehydrated, your body will be working overtime to regulate all of the processes that require water in order to work properly. Your blood pressure and heart rate may increase and you may find that your energy is lower than usual as your body is not diffusing oxygen into cells that need it. Staying hydrated can reverse these effects, giving you the energy you need to power you through the day.
5) Staying hydrated can help prevent migraines and headaches
When you are dehydrated, your blood vessels get smaller and this can lead to headaches. Drinking water first thing in the morning and at intervals throughout the day can help avoid headaches and ease the intensity of a headache if you find yourself with one.
6) Drinking water improves your bowel movements & food transit time
A health benefit of drinking sufficient amounts of water is improved bowel movements, and your food transit time will also improve, so you can eliminate toxins in your body at an accelerated pace.
7) Hydration prevents bad breath, dry mouth, and gum disease
Bad breath is linked to dehydration. When you are dehydrated, your saliva glands will not produce adequate amounts of saliva. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria in our mouths and then we end up with bad breath. When you drink a glass of water, spend a few seconds swishing it around in your mouth before swallowing. This can help wash away bacteria that cause bad breath and plaque buildup on your teeth.
8) Staying well hydrated can keep your kidneys functioning properly
The kidneys play a part in removing toxins and other waste products from your body through the process of filtering. When you don’t drink enough water, these toxins accumulate in the body and can cause unnecessary stress on your organs over time.
In conclusion, hydration is important for many reasons and is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. So go grab a tall, clear glass of water and drink up… to your health!
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In this webinar you will learn about:
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- Staying hydrated while exercising and during your normal day
- What you should drink, general guidelines and actionable tips
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