Few of us give water the importance it deserves. We have learned in school that our body is made of at least 60 per cent water. So, it is only logical that in order to keep our health in the best possible condition, we should drink as much water as possible, especially in view of the heat that can prevail here in the summer. In addition to the health aspect, there is nothing more refreshing that a tall glass of cool water on a hot, summer day.
Not taking in enough water can have a worse impact on your body than expected. The adverse effect of lack of water can range from the obvious dehydration and dryness of mouth to joint pain, urinary infections and even premature ageing.
We might think that drinking endless cups of tea and coffee can serve as a substitute for water, but this would be wrong. There is no substitute for water. In addition to moistening your skin and mouth, water serves to flush away the toxins in your body thus helping you to heal faster from diseases.
Intake of water is also a useful tool for weight loss. Many a time we mistake thirst for hunger and reach out unthinkingly for that extra bite which could add to that spare tire around our waists. Drinking water as soon as we get up in the morning and before meals has been proved to be a successful strategy to lose weight and keep it off.
Here are 10 reasons why you ensure that you are drinking plenty of water:
Many of us love drinking coffee and tea but we do not like drinking water. However, these drinks which contain caffeine, act as diuretics which cause you to lose water from your system. The best solution is to add flavor to water with a twist of lemon or a sprig of mint to make it more palatable.
How much water should you drink on a daily basis. Though the general advice is to drink eight glasses of water per day, requirements for water can range depending on your daily routine, the climatic conditions, your age, and your activity level. You need to listen keenly to the signals that your body sends you through thirst and replenish water as needed.
Generally, you are already a bit dehydrated when you feel thirsty, so you need to watch out for other cues like fatigue and hunger and even joint pains. The best solution is to drink as much water as you can on a daily basis, slowly upping your intake till you reach a healthy level.
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