Sometimes the best paths to wellness are also the simplest. Quite possibly, the best example of this is water consumption. As we move into hotter, outdoor weather, water intake becomes even more important. Our bodies benefit, almost without exception, when we make sure we drink plenty of water each day. It’s an especially good idea to stay hydrated during hot weather activities. 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.
What are the benefits of drinking water? There are several. 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 you lose weight.
– Healthy Skin – Your skin has a lot of water in it. When your 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.