The Power of Hydration

Water.

It’s crazy to think how something so simple, something so common, something  so plain could be such a crucial element to our body’s daily function.  It’s not difficult to lose water, every time we sweat, cry, go to the bathroom, and even breath our bodies are getting rid water.  Since we are constantly losing water, it’s important to replenish that supply by drinking about one to three liters of water every day.

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Dehydration reduces your coordination, causes muscle cramps, and fatigues your muscles.   While working out and exercising, insufficient hydration compromises the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating which can lead to heat exhaustion.  In some extreme cases, dehydration may cause a stroke or even death.  There are more benign symptoms of dehydration such as a headache or an upset stomach.  If your body displays these indications, instead of taking Advil or Tylenol, drink a few glasses of water because most likely your body is just trying to tell you that it’s dehydrated and the pills are only a short term fix.

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Although I’m sure we all know that we need water on a daily basis to survive, most of us only drink the minimum amount to get us through the day.  It’s good to create a habit of drinking water with every meal and before and after each workout.  For example, try  to always keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times and make it a goal to drink the whole bottle three or four times a day.  By consuming these large quantities of water, your body will receive numerous personal benefits.  Water helps your skin look younger and softer and promotes weight loss by reducing hunger and increasing your metabolism.  The more water you consume, the easier it is for your body to flush out toxins and get rid of waste which will  improve function of the kidneys.  On top of those various benefits, water also boosts the immune systems; a water guzzler is less likely to get sick and always feels energetic.

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