We mentioned in an earlier post that drinking water before meals helps you to lose weight and may even create a heart-healthy habit for life. But what other benefits are there to drinking plenty of water?
Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply.
To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. Most healthy adults can follow these tips:
- Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.
- Hydrate before, during and after exercise.
- Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.
In general, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.
CureZone.com cites a study that found heart-healthy benefits to drinking water. People who drank more than five glasses of water each day were less likely to die from a heart attack than those who drank fewer than two glasses a day. When researchers included the consumption of other liquids such as coffee, tea, juice, milk, and alcohol, the risk of heart attack increased.