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We all know that drinking water is essential. Ever since the first species crawled out of the oceans, remaining hydrated has been vital to staying alive. We know it, our bodies know it. Yet drinking water is so much more than just an exercise for survival. Staying hydrated is generally one of the best things you can do for your body.

The benefits of staying hydrated:

-Skin health

Dehydration is the natural enemy of your skin. By keeping hydrated you are doing your skin a big favour keeping it smooth and supple. We tend to forget that our skin is the largest organ in our body. We want it to look good so we buy our expensive creams, often not realising that the care from within is far more powerful (not to mention cheaper).

-Circulation

Our body needs a constant flow of blood to function properly. Did you know that 80% of that blood is actually water? Think about it as the vehicle that takes your blood cells, platelets and plasma from point A to point B.

-Lymphatic system

When your water consumption is not at an optimal level, the efficiency of your lymphatic system can decrease. That can lead to headaches and all kinds of nuisances, including some semi-serious or even life threatening conditions. The next time you have a headache, try drinking two glasses of water and your problem may just go away.

-Digestion

Water consumption helps out our body tremendously during its digestion periods. That is actually one of the reasons why drinking plenty of water is the staple of every successful diet.

-Bone health

Would you be surprised if I told you that your bones are 30% water? Drinking plenty of fluids is especially important when you happen to break one of your 206. The water you drink will help those new bone cells to form before they can repair the damage.

-Diet

When you drink enough water you actually help your diet both directly and indirectly. With water in your stomach you won’t feel as hungry and your body will absorb nutrients much more efficiently. Eating foods rich in water helps as well, these foods (like cucumber or tomatoes) will help keep you hydrated and will fill you up quicker.

 

How much water should you drink?

It‘s strange that something that’s so vital to our everyday physiological and mental health is so easily and so often forgotten. So how much water should you drink? The recommended intake for women is about 1.7 litres, and for men about 2 litres. If you’re an athlete or you work under strenuous circumstances, you may need to drink more water than usual. If you keep forgetting to drink, putting a water bottle on your desk or carrying it around with you could help.

Myths about water consumption

-Bottled water can cause tooth decay

Fluoride is sometimes added to tap water to prevent tooth decay whereas bottled water will not contain fluoride. This of course does not mean that bottled water will give you tooth decay.

-Yellow urine means dehydration

While urine colour can be an indication of your level of hydration, it is not always a clear indicator. In general pale yellow urine is a healthy sign whilst dark yellow could be a sign that you need to drink more water. However, urine colour can also be affected by dietary habits and taking vitamin supplements.