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Hydration Alert: Why You Should Drink More Water

Hydration Alert: Why You Should Drink More Water

Not only is water a precious global resource, it is also the superhero of beverages – no question. Why? Because of the crazy amount of health benefits that come along with the clear, no-calorie liquid, making it essential to your health both on and off the job. And water can be taken in not just by drinking it – but from absorption through the food you eat as well.

With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are a few reasons why water, plain and simple, should become your #1 drink:

  1. Balance Out Your Body Fluids – At 60% water, your body uses these bodily fluids to help with digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva creation, nutrient transportation, and body temperature maintenance.
  2. Control Those Calories – For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
  3. Energize Your Muscles – Muscle fatigue occurs in cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes, which is why it is important to drink fluids when exercising. The American College of Sports Medicine guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise and at regular intervals during the activity.
  4. Help Keep Your Skin Looking Good – Since skin contains plenty of water and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss, proper hydration helps to keep skin moisturized and healthy. But don't expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines.
  5. Keep Your Kidneys Happy – Adequate water intake allows your kidneys to do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of waste products and toxins.
  6. Maintain Normal Bowel Function – Proper fluid intake keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.

NEED HELP TO START DRINKING MORE WATER?

The CDC offers up the following ways you can get that all-important liquid into your daily routine:

Stay smart this summer by staying hydrated.

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