4 Reasons to stay Hydrated
Sipping water regularly sounds like a no brainer, but as many as 75% of us are chronically dehydrated. Crazy, right? Turns out we often mistake our thirst for hunger and eat more than we really need. When we do drink, more than 50 percent of us reach for unhealthy sips like soda, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Why is drinking water so essential for good health? Over 60 percent of your body weight is made up of H20 and every system in your body depends on it. From carrying nutrients to your cells to flushing toxins from your body, water helps the entire body function smoothly. Run low on fluids and you’ll feel the consequences: fatigue, dry skin, digestive problems and high blood pressure. Dehydration can even slow your metabolism by as much as 3 percent. That equals up to an
8-pound weight gain per year—yikes! No wonder weight creeps on so easy.
1. YOU’LL HAVE MORE ENERGY
Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration.
2. YOU’LL RECOVER FASTER
We lose water when we sweat, so replacing fluids post-exercise is crucial to restore balance, repair muscle tissue and keep your system running smoothly. Drink an extra 8 oz. of water for every 30 minutes of exercise.
3. YOU’LL BOOST YOUR MOOD
Mild dehydration (a loss of just 1 to 2 percent of your body weight as water) is enough to impair thinking and make you feel cranky, according to the Journal of Nutrition. Rehydrating throughout the day will keep your mind clear and motivated!
4. YOU’LL PREVENT WEIGHT GAIN
H2O fills us up for zero calories—who doesn’t love that? People who drink just 2 glasses of water before a meal consume up to 90 fewer calories.
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