A friend of ours called us recently and announced, “I have a new part-time job: drinking water.” She’d been to the doctor after feeling run down for weeks. Part of the prescription: hydrate. Sometimes, the most beneficial things in life are the simplest.
Here’s how drinking water benefits you throughout the day.
Nourishing and Detoxifying
As you drink water, it flows through your body’s cells, delivering nutrients and flushing away toxins. Water makes up 60 to 75 percent of the body. This means it’s a key ingredient in maintaining the body’s fluid balance. Adequate hydration is crucial for overall health, nourished skin, and digestive balance. It not only helps you break down food, but also helps extract its nutrients and remove the rest, keeping you feeling healthfully nourished and detoxified in the process.
From your brain to your kidneys to your joints, every part of your body relies on water to do its job. Healthy hydration reduces fatigue, helping you stay focused and alert. It also keeps your joints lubricated, reducing aches and pains.
As you improve your hydration habits, you may also see the results when you look in the mirror. Since skin is made up of 30 percent water, water is said to play a role in its looking healthy and youthful. Staying hydrated quenches the skin from the inside out, moisturizing while also helping to remove the toxins that can cause skin inflammation, clog pores, and cause blemishes.
Hydrate Morning, Noon, and Night
It’s easy to forget to drink enough water. Often by the time you actually feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. That’s why it’s good to drink water throughout the day. Have a headache or achy muscles? Feeling fatigued? Before you try perking up with a cup of coffee, drink a glass of H2O.
Not sure where to start? Drink water when you first wake up. It’s also good practice to drink water before every meal. This will help control your appetite, while also assisting with digestion. And, of course, drink water before, during, and after exercising, as your body loses water when you perspire.
So how much water should you drink? The answer depends on individual needs and lifestyle factors; dietary choices, exercise routines, and overall lifestyle can affect how much water a body needs to function at the optimal level. On average, take your body weight, divide by two, and drink that number of ounces per day.
Your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables also contain water — a reason to feel good about healthy snacking. Turn to tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, and berries to give you that additional hydration kick.
This story originally appeared at wellwithinbeauty.com. It has been reprinted with permission.