We’ve all heard the advice to drink more water.  Most of us don’t drink enough, and walk around at least mildly dehydrated.  While there are a lot of health admonitions out there, some of which are overblown in importance, drinking water actually IS genuinely important to our health.  Here are  five good reasons to get in enough fluids:

  1. Let’s start with a reason that benefits not only you, but everyone around you. Drinking enough water may improve your mood.  When we are dehydrated, we become irritable and our thinking isn’t as clear as it could be.  Hydrating yourself well might make you less cranky and much nicer to be around, while clearing up your thinking so you can be at the top of your game.
  2. It aids in weight loss. Our bodies can send out hunger signals when we are actually thirsty.  Drinking a tall glass of water may cure your hunger pains.
  3. Water is integral in flushing out our systems. Drinking enough each day helps move bacteria and other waste products through our bodies.  When we don’t drink enough water, waste can back up and cause a pile of problems, starting with just plain feeling lousy.
  4. Our skin can’t look it’s best without enough water. While it’s not a miracle cure for aging, drinking enough water helps keep our cells full and plump, helping to fill out lines and wrinkles.  Not to mention skin looks dull and dry when not properly hydrated.
  5. Headaches may be caused by dehydration. Even very mild dehydration may be enough to trigger one.  If you find your head aching, try a glass of water before reaching for pain killers.

Now that you know how important water is, you may be thinking it’s not easy to get enough.  A few tips and tricks can aid you:

  • Take water everywhere. You can’t drink it if you don’t have it.  Buying a reusable water bottle and filling it up before you leave home and frequently throughout the day at work can help you drink enough without feeling like you’re drinking that much.
  • Have a glass before each meal. Drinking plenty of water helps your food digest properly and may also help you eat less afterward.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. A significant portion of produce is made up of water, and eating your water works just as well as drinking it.
  • Eat soups. Soup obviously has a lot of liquid in it, and again, eating it works as well as drinking it.
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, jazz it up a bit with lemon, lime, or infuse it with other fruits. Sometimes a little fruit flavoring makes it go down much easier.

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