Particularly in hot weather season, we are reminded to stay hydrated, especially when we’re outdoors. One common rule of thumb is what wellness professionals call “the 8-8 rule” – consuming eight 8 ounce glasses of water each day. Of course, it’s always advisable to check with your health care provider to determine what is best for your health.
There are plenty of practical reasons to drink a “healthy amount” of water each day. Here are a few of the most notable –
– Improved Energy – Your body is less prone to fatigue and enjoys higher levels of energy when you’re hydrated. This is especially true during exercise sessions. Drinking water in advance and during workouts reduces muscle fatigue.
– Weight Loss – Many weight loss programs include recommended levels of water consumption with good reason. Substituting water for higher calorie beverages can help to shed pounds and keep them off.
– Healthy Skin – Your skin has a lot of water in it! When you’re hydrated properly, your skin has a healthier, more natural appearance and can do a better job of protecting against fluid loss. Dehydration, on the other hand, contributes to dryer skin and more wrinkles.
– Kidney Function – Your body performs best when your kidneys get a good workout. Kidneys get toxins and bodily fluids out of your body. When water intake is appropriate, waste products are removed more easily and efficiently.