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Benefits of Drinking Water

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Did you know dehydration happens just as easily in winter as in the heat of summer?

Winter dehydration can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke. When dehydrated, you can also become more susceptible to winter colds and flu. Not drinking enough water can also make it harder to keep extra pounds off during the shorter days when we tend to exercise less and eat more. When hydrated, your body is better able to break down fat for energy, your appetite is better controlled (it’s important to note that we often think we are hungry when we are really just thirsty). Also, if your body doesn’t get adequate water it holds the water it already has, so sufficient hydration is key to avoiding fluid retention.

Water covers over 70% of the earth’s surface, makes up approximately 60% of our body mass, and is vital for all forms of life to exist. There is a reason water is everywhere, WE NEED IT. But let’s go beyond the obvious facts. There are tons of benefits to drinking an adequate amount of water a day that you may not even know about..

Muscle Fuel
Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired . So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.

Clearer Skin
Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. Water flushes out these toxins, reduces the risk of pimples and leaves your skin brighter, younger, and clearer.

Kidney Function
Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body. Let's drink to that!

Productivity Boost
In order to really focus, a glass of water could help people concentrate and stay refreshed and alert.

Fatigue Buster
Move over coffee—water can help fight those tired eyes too. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big gulp! (Not the 7-11 kind.)

Hangover Help
If booze has got the best of you, help a hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop that pounding headache. Drinking water in between drinks and before bed also help in preventing hangovers.

Pain Prevention
A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated .

Keep Things Flowing
Nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, ahem, move smoothly.

Sickness Fighter
Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather.

Brain Boost
Water has a major effect on energy levels and brain function. A study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking.