Masonboro Urgent Care's Health Tip: WHY DRINK MORE WATER?

By / Health and Wellness / Monday, 03 April 2017 04:00

From the stuff we drink and swim in to the steam that eases congestion and the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us.
When your water intake does not equal your water output you can become dehydrated. Here are some reasons to make sure you are drinking enough water everyday.
Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids.
Your body is composed of approximately 60% water. The functions of these body fluids include digestion, circulation, absorption, transportation of nutrients and regulation of body temperature.
Water can help control calories.
For years dieters have been drinking a lot of water as a weight loss strategy. While it doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss substituting it for higher calorie drinks can certainly help.
Water helps energize muscles.
Drinking enough fluid is important when exercising. The guidelines for fluid intake prior to exercise by the American College of Sports Medicine encourages the intake of approximately 17 ounces two hours before beginning exercise.
Water helps to keep skin looking good.
Your skin contains plenty of water and functions as a protective barrier to help prevent excessive fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled which can be improved with proper hydration.
Water helps your kidneys.
When you are getting enough fluids urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. If you are not taking in enough fluids urine concentration increases because the kidneys are trapping fluid for body function use.
So increase your intake of fluids to maintain your body fluid balance, hydrate your skin and help your kidneys to function. Remember thirst is not a good indicator at all. If you are thirsty you are already behind on your fluid intake!


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