Hidden Benefits to Staying Hydrated

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Hidden Benefits to Staying Hydrated

We all know that without water, we would die. After all, nearly 70% of our body is made up of the stuff. With summer almost here, it’s now more important than ever to make sure your body is properly hydrated. I’m sure you probably already know the general functions that water has on your body, like helping with digestion, aiding with the transport and absorption of nutrients, and getting rid of waste. Here are some hidden benefits that you may not know about staying hydrated.

Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Function

No matter what age you are, studies have shown that mild-to-moderate dehydration can impact our perception. This can affect things such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory, and can impair motor skills. As the summer heat continues to hang around, make sure you and your loved ones have access to plenty of water to drink.

Water Strengthens Your Immune System

Water helps in the production of lymph, which is a clear fluid that aids in the circulation of white blood cells and nutrients throughout the body. As you might imagine, this is extremely important in that without lymph, white blood cells wouldn’t be able to travel and stop disease from spreading throughout your body.

Have Joint and Back Pains?

Keeping hydrated has been shown to treat joint and back pains. The reason behind this is that water acts as an excellent lubricant. Your joints and invertebral discs in your spine are filled with water and proteins that act as shock absorbers. They help to distribute pressure, stress, and weight so that they are not all focused in one spot. When direct pressure isn’t equally distributed in the body, it can result in extreme discomfort and pain. By simply drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of water a day, you can provide your body the water it needs to cushion itself and take on the day.

Lose More Weight

It’s no surprise that if you cut out sugary beverages and replace them with water, you’re going to lose a little weight. However, did you know that when you’re dehydrated, your body can’t distinguish whether or not it is hungry or thirsty? This is because your brain regulates both of the signals dedicated to hunger and thirst. So the next time that you may think you’re in need of a quick snack, try drinking a big glass of water!

Water Can Improve Your Skin

Proper hydration will make you look healthier. Individuals who are already experiencing minor signs of dehydration can vastly improve their skin thickness and density by simply drinking more water. This is because it replaces water lost from sweating while improving skin hydration. To read more about the science behind this, click here.

If you have any questions about staying hydrated, you can schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Mai Sharaf, by calling 817-617-8650 or by scheduling online at continuumtx.com.

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/hypothalamus

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