Drink Up! How Water Helps Your Body (Especially in this Heat)

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Drink Up! How Water Helps Your Body (Especially in this Heat)

It’s hot out there! Drinking water is especially important when the heat rises and continue to stay in the triple digits for weeks on end. But, exactly how much water should you be drinking?

“It depends,” says Dr. Marco Coppola, Chief Medical Officer. “How much water you need to drink to stay healthy depends on what food you eat, where you live, your size and weight, your metabolism, your age, the condition of your health, and your exercise level. Remember that water is an essential nutrient that your body needs. Because you lose water each day through a range of bodily functions, you need to replenish the water you’ve lost.”

Even though you may not actually need eight glasses of water each day, don’t stop drinking water. That’s because water—whether it is plain, flavored, comes in juice form, or comes from the foods you eat—is essential to your health.

Here are some of the primary benefits of drinking water:

  1. Drinking Water Keeps You Hydrated. Your body is made up of nearly 60% water and your brain is made up of about 75% water. So, whenever your body is low on water, your body tells your brain that you are thirsty and you need to re-hydrate yourself. Drink water, juice, milk, coffee, or most any other fluid. Just don’t drink alcohol because it actually interferes with the mechanism that regulates water in your body and can lead to dehydration. Also, depending on the condition of your health or the type of medication you are taking, you may need to drink more water than you typically would.
  2. Water Is Good for Your Muscles. You suffer from muscle fatigue when you aren’t properly hydrated. Water helps restore the proper balance of fluids and electrolytes so you can perform better. When you are exercising or otherwise increasing your activity, drink more water.
  3. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Staying properly hydrated is one of the best things you can do to maintain normal bowel function. Water helps the digestion process by keeping things moving in your gastrointestinal tract. If you aren’t drinking enough water, your colon pulls water from your stool to keep your body hydrated. The result is hard stool or constipation.
  4. Water Improves Your Complexion. This is sort of true. You can’t actually make yourself look better or reduce age wrinkles by drinking more water than you normally would. However, because your skin is an organ that relies on water, it’s a good idea to continuously supply it with water. When you are dehydrated, your skin will look dry and wrinkled. When you are properly hydrated, your skin will look like your skin normally looks. It’s also a good idea to use skin moisturizers to keep the moisture in your skin.
  5. Drink as Much Water as You Like. It is extremely difficult to drink too much water. Your body simply allows the water it doesn’t need to pass right through. That means more trips to the restroom. However, if you drink too much water too fast, you could suffer from hyponatremia and experience symptoms that include nausea, headache, confusion, lethargy, and seizures. But this is extremely rare.
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