Thursday, June 14, 2012

Drink Lots of Water!

We can always go for a nice tall glass of water, especially on a hot summer day. And as you probably already know, water is not only refreshing, but also VERY important to your health! Drinking water has many benefits, to your health, and even some beauty benefits! Water keeps your skin hydrated and healthy looking, helps to flush toxins out of your body, and even helps to give you energy and puts you in a better mood. Water can even help with headaches (dehydration is actually a very common cause of headaches) without having to use a pain reliever. It can even help to relieve menstrual cramps. Water can even make you less likely to get sick, and even prevent some kinds of cancer! 

Drinking water can even help you to lose weight. Not only does water flush down the products of fat break down, but it also helps you to feel less hungry. Many people actually confuse hunger with thirst. So maybe instead of going for a snack, go for a glass of water when you feel hungry. Water also contains no calories :)

Just as drinking water has it's benefits, not drinking enough water has many risks and harmful effects. Not drinking water can cause muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, crankiness, constipation, irregular blood pressure, kidney problems and dry skin. You can even die from being overly dehydrated! You'll know if your dehydrated, though some symptoms may even be overlooked as something else. Hunger may be a sign that you are dehydrated, rather then hungry. You may also feel tired, as water is a source of energy. Dry skin is also a sign that you probably are dehydrated. Thirst is the most obvious sign of dehydration. You should also drink when you aren't thirsty rather then waiting until you are thirsty. And while this may should gross, urine that is a dark yellow or orange color is also a sign of dehydration. (Healthy urine is a pale yellow to a clear color when you are getting enough water). 

Often it's recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. But depending on several other factors such as your level of activity, health, environment, and other factors, you may need to drink more.  More information can be found at this link.  

***Please Note: I am not a doctor, not am I trying to be. I am simply taking prior knowledge as well as some research from the internet and simplifying it as much as i can for this blog.*** 

More information can be found at the link listed above, and at this link. 

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