Part of your New Year's resolution should be to drink more water.
Water is life and we often take it for granted.
Do you know that we lose water through normal bodily functions such as sweating and breathing.
In order for your body to function properly, it is important to replenish these fluids. “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day,” states Mayo Clinic, “the AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.” Let’s look at how drinking water daily can benefit our health.
Our brains need an adequate amount of oxygen to function properly, and drinking water can help provide that oxygen. Staying hydrated can boost brain function and alertness, and being dehydrated can significantly hamper mental function.
Flushes out toxins:
Drinking water helps flush out harmful toxins from our vital organs, keeping us in optimal health. Keeping toxins out of the body can possibly reduce the risk of serious disease including cancer.
Tip: Drink a glass of warm water with lemon in the morning before breakfast to flush out toxins.
Headaches and migraines:
Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches and migraines. Drinking our recommended amount of water per day helps us stay hydrated may help keep away headaches and migraines. In a study published by the journal Headache, participants reported an increase in migraines when they were dehydrated.
Water may be great for the heart. A long-term study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drank more than five glasses of water per day had a 41 percent less risk of dying from coronary heart disease than those who drank two glasses or less.
Water has been proven to speed up metabolism and help with weight loss. In a study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, those who drank about 17 ounces of water had 30 percent increase in metabolism rate. Water also works as an appetite suppressant. Water also helps us digest our food properly.
Beauty comes from within. Water hydrates our organs, including our skin, which is the biggest organ. Keeping our skin hydrated is key to keeping it healthy, supple, and beautiful.
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