You probably hear all the time how you should drink more water and with about 60% of our bodies made up of water, you can never really drink too much of it. Water affects how your brain and body functions and feels. Feeling sluggish? Drink more water. Trying to lose weight? Drink more water. You can also drink more water to help improve your skin, regulate your internal body temperature and support kidney health.
Lotions, creams, body butters and washes are all ways to help give you healthy skin tone and texture. But these methods help lock in moisture and hydrate your skin from the outside of your body. By drinking plenty of water and avoiding dehydration, you can keep your skin looking smooth and healthy.
Regulates Body Temperature
When your body gets overheated, sweat is the body’s natural response. When you sweat and the sweat evaporates off of your body, you are cooling down your internal temperature. For many health reasons, regulating your internal body temperature is important. Lastly, when you sweat, you are losing water from your body, so it’s important to constantly rehydrate by drinking more water to replenish the water you have lost.
Supports Kidney Health
The kidneys are the major organ that filters out toxins in your body. When there is enough water in your system, waste is more easily filtered through the kidneys. A sign that you are drinking enough water is when your urine appears light in color and has no odor. If you do not drink enough water, then your urine will be darker in color and may have an odor. Consistently not drinking enough water could put you at higher risk of developing kidney stones.
Aids in Weight Management
Drinking lots of water is not an effective means of weight loss, but it can aid in maintaining a healthy weight and gradual weight loss. The most effective way drinking water can help with weight management is by drinking it often and in place of sugary, high calorie drinks, such as soda, sweet tea and lemonade. Water does not contain calories so drinking it in place of other drinks can help you easily cut calories from your diet. Drinking lots of water can also help control your appetite. By filling space in your stomach with water, you’re filling your stomach with something healthy rather than empty calories.
Drinking water and staying hydrated does so much more for your health than improving your skin, regulating your internal body temperature, supporting kidney health, and aiding in weight management. It promotes healthy bowel movements, boosts your energy and is good for your brain. In addition, it supports healthy joint movements.
Need tips to help you drink more water? Talk to your doctor about your water drinking habits and ways drinking water can better your health! One of our primary care physicians at Wendover Primary Care would be happy to start you on a journey to drink more water! Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.