Did you know that it is estimated that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has recommended that women drink 11.5 cups and men drink 15.5 cups of liquids a day. This includes liquids that are not water, and fruits or foods that contain waters as well.
Boosts Energy and Thinking
Recent studies show that even mild dehydration can significantly effect a person’s mood and energy levels. Dehydration can throw off the balance between serotonin and dopamine, which can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Being properly hydrated can also help with decrease the number of headaches we experience.
Aids with Digestion and Prevents Constipation
Drinking adequate water helps your body to produce saliva and stomach acid to break down food properly. It also keeps waste softer, preventing constipation and other digestive issues.
Supports Your Immune System
Staying hydrated also keeps blood (which is 90% water) helps clear cellular waste, prevents a build up of toxins, and delivers oxygen to cells around the body. This helps us to fight off illness. Adding things like fruit to your drink can increase the benefits to your immune system by increasing antioxidants.
Helps Keep Skin Soft, and Promotes Anti-Aging
Water also aids with our skin and aging. Water can help keep our pH levels balanced, can renew cells to help decrease wrinkles, promote elasticity, and increase that natural “glow” we all want.
Can Promote Weight-loss or Weight Maintenance
Health experts recommend drinking a glass of water before eating, because it helps our brain to differentiate the difference between hunger and thirst, which can help with weight loss and maintenance.
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