Why you should drink water

Water Should Be Your Go-To Drink

Not all drinks are created equal. In fact, water truly is the BEST thing you can hydrate your body with.Why you should drink water

In general, an adult male needs about 3 liters of water per day, while an adult female needs about 2.2 liters of water. Yes, you can get hydration from other sources including the food you eat, but let me tell you all the incredible things that water can do.

Lose Weight

Water is great for weight loss. Studies show that by drinking a half-liter of water first thing in the morning, you can actually speed up your metabolism by 24 percent. What’s more, drinking a glass or two of water just 30 minutes before you sit down to eat a meal, will make you feel fuller so you end up eating less.

Why you should drink waterWhen you choose a sugary drink instead of water, not only can that lead to your gaining weight, but it can also cause inflammation.

Lower your Risk of Health Problems

You reduce your risk of disease by combating that inflammation when you drink water. Water can lower your chances of getting some cancers, bladder problems, hypertension, diabetes, and heart attack.

Water is also a great anti-aging remedy because it helps your body flush out toxins quickly. Hydration prevents and treats certain types of headaches too, and it’s necessary for avoiding and relieving constipation.

Immediate Benefits for your BodyWhy you should drink water

When you drink water daily, you're doing great things for your body. Water helps regulate your internal body temperature with perspiration and respiration. It helps lubricate and cushion your joints. Water also helps protect your spinal cord and other tissues. This liquid even fuels your brain, which is made up of almost 75 percent water, aiding with concentration.

Your body is made up of almost 60 percent water. Without this liquid, vital body functions would be impaired. H2O helps your body get rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. It also creates saliva which helps you digest your food.

Types of Water

There are different types of water, and it’s important that you make sure to drink H2O that is free of harmful chemicals.

Why you should drink waterFor example, tap water may contain chlorine, which is used to kill microorganisms and bacteria. The Environmental Protection Agency may stipulate that a certain amount of a chemical is okay to ingest, but it can still be toxic to your body.

When determining which type of water is best to drink, there are a few things to consider. Distilled water, for example, goes through a rigorous decontamination process, but it’s also missing the “good” minerals. Purified water also goes through a purification system that may have removed beneficial components.

While spring water sounds great, it’s likely from the same source as your tap water.

Filtered water is usually tap water that has gone through a less harsh filtration system to remove the chlorine and it’s probably your best bet.

A reverse osmosis system can help purify your water as well. It's great for removing pesticides and herbicides but may also remove some of the beneficial elements of water like calcium and iron. It's best to check what is removed by your particular system when you install it in your home. Another great benefit to RO systems is the impact on the environment because you'll easily say goodbye to those disposable plastic water bottles!

Thirsty yet?

To your health,

Dr. Laura

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