You have probably heard over time how you should drink about 8 glasses of water daily to promote your health, but it still doesn’t interest you to drink as much water? Could it be because you don’t know how much effect it has on your health? 60% of your body is made up of water, with every cell in your body requiring water to function, and studies over the years have proven how much drinking water can keep the system running effectively. Below are some of the benefits of staying hydrated.
1. It reduces high blood pressure
With adequate water content in the body, blood circulation becomes much easier and your heart won’t have to do an extra job to circulate blood around your body. Blood freely moves through the veins and arteries when the body is fully hydrated. This will help to reduce the risk of other heart conditions like hypertension, stroke and heart failure.
2. It helps the muscles and joints work better
Water inside and outside the cells of contracting muscles will provide enough nutrients to power up the muscles and joints, only if the body is well hydrated. Dehydration can lead to stiffness in the muscles and joints, and this can lead to some minor injuries. Water helps to lubricate the joints and reduces the risk of arthritis (inflammation of the joint).
3. It helps you to stop gaining unwanted weight
Want to lose weight? Then you must learn to embrace water, because when your cells are depleted of water, your body doesn’t get enough energy to function properly. As a result of their need of energy, they send the brain a signal, and this will require you to eat more and gain extra pounds. To prevent this from happening, drink adequate amounts of water, and asides from just hydrating your body, it’ll fill you up and save you from binge eating. You can infuse your water with fruits like lemon or grapefruits for added benefits.
4. It slows down the aging process
Well, who doesn’t want to look as young as possible? Drinking adequate amounts of water needed for your system will help your organs function properly and reduce the risk of organ failure (from working them harder than they are fed), and this also slows down the aging process. Staying hydrated will keep you agile and vibrant as ever.
It is important to note that you can’t substitute carbonated drinks with water, as they won’t benefit the body the same way water would. If you find drinking water boring, you can infuse it with fruits, vegetables or herbs.
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