We all have heard before that we should drink eight glasses of water a day. That number is commonly recommended but there is little science behind this specific rule but it is important to stay hydrated. Your body is about 70% water, the majority of your blood and every cell in your body is composed of water. Therefore, you need water to function properly. You can know if you are well-hydrated or not by looking in the toilet. If your urine is clear or very pale that means you have good hydration. But if it is a brighter yellow or amber color, you should probably need to drink more water. The following are five benefits of drinking lots of water.
1. Water helps your kidney: Kidneys flush waste from your body in the form of urine and they need enough water to be able to clean and rid your body of toxins. When you are not getting enough fluids, it could be harder for kidneys to do their job, urine concentration, and a hard mineral can form and cause kidney stones.
2. Water May help prevent a headache: When your body doesn’t have the fluids it needs, it can’t transfer important nutrients as easily, and a headache is an alarming sign. Many studies have shown that water can relieve headaches in those who are dehydrated. However, this appears to depend on the type of a headache. One study of 18 people found that water had no effect on the frequency of headaches, but did reduce the intensity and duration somewhat.
3. Water can help prevent and relief constipation: All your body cells require water, so when your body is lacking hydration in one area you could find it harder to pass a stool because the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration. Adequate hydration keeps flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.
4. Your skin will glow: Your skin cells contain plenty of water and act as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. When your skin cells aren’t getting the water they need, your skin will start to look more dry and wrinkled. But proper hydration will make your skin look more lustrous and glowing.
5. Water helps energize muscles: Muscles need a good balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel to function properly. If you are not getting enough water, electrolytes can’t exchange as easily, and the muscles can lose plumpness and be more prone to cramping. Drinking eight ounces of water before physical activity to stay hydrated.