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Benefits of Drinking Water Regularly

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We have all heard it before: you need to drink more water. Most of us know water is important to our overall health. In fact, people in hot climates carry bottled water everywhere they go. But, have you stopped to ask yourself what are the benefits of drinking water? How much helpful it is to drink eight glasses of water every 24 hours? In this article I will be answering some of those questions and even more.

There are so many benefits of drinking water regularly, at least eight glasses a day. First of all, the eight glasses a day is just a directive. The correct amount of water to drink a day should be directed by other several factors like the following: prevailing climate conditions, your physical activities, and maybe your body weight. Some health conditions such as kidney dysfunction may cause you to limit the amount of water you have to take a day. Having said that, drinking more water is generally more essential for the correct functioning of the body systems.

The water we drink gets lost as is used in the normal body functions. Some get lost through direct water loss as in active perspiration and excretion as urine and stools, some get lost as we exhale, cough, sneeze, and so forth. We need to replace all that water as often as possible and in adequate quantities. This is where the eight glasses distributed as needed through the day comes in.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

Below are some of the benefits of drinking water and other healthy fluids on regular basis. We all know most of these facts but tend to take them for granted. After all water is one nutrient that is readily and freely available.

Water as a Solvent

When we eat, the food goes into the stomach and then the intestines for digestion and absorption. For digestion to take place smoothly and effectively there should be enough water in the stomach. Peristalsis, the movement of the food through the gastrointestinal tract takes place easily and smoothly when there is enough water.

Take soft porridge or morning oats, for instance. They are taken with fluids (milk) and that facilitates their digestion and absorption, giving us instant energy to face the day. On the other hand, after eating bread with less fluids you will feel thirsty just thereafter as the body begs for more water to deal with the dry diet.

The benefits of drinking water become more evident when you visit your physician. More often than not they will encourage you to drink more water. The most effective and natural way to deal with some of the common ailments is to drink more water. Constipation is one of them. Eating foods with high water content like most fresh vegetables and fruits can also give you the same effect.

The Medium of Transport

As I have said above, enough water in the intestines aids in easy absorption of nutrients into the blood stream. Water constitute over 60% of the blood. Therefore, if the water content of the blood is at good levels it becomes easier for the blood to carry the nutrients and minerals to different parts of the body.

The reverse process is also true. Waste materials from the body cells are also carried effectively if the blood-water level is good. The waste materials from the rest of the body is disposed of in the liver and the kidneys. The process of filtering of the waste materials depends largely on water. If the blood is too thick itself some of the waste materials may not be sieved out for excretion but remain in circulation.

Water as Diluent

Water can also help as a temporary solution for raised blood sugar levels. In fact, people living with diabetes should ensure that they drink more water every day to dilute blood sugar and maintain good blood viscosity.

High levels of sugar or glucose in the blood increases the density of the blood, making the movement of blood in the blood vessels a bit difficult. This can cause damage to the blood vessels and leave sugar deposits in the small, peripheral blood vessels to cause even more complications.

Water for Weight Loss

Weight loss experts believe that when you drink more water you help your body work on excess body fats easier. If taken before and during meals water can make you feel full sooner and therefore avoid overeating. Besides, water is important for any metabolic process in the body including the breaking down of body fats.

For Beautiful Skin

One of the most effective and natural ways to combat dry skin and enhance skin beauty is to drink more water.

Benefits of Drinking water

These are only a few of the numerous benefits of drinking water. I know that you already think of some of those that I have not mentioned here. Feel at home to expand them in the comments section below.

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