You have heard that eight cups of water is good for you.  Did you ever think why?  The body is 55-75% body water depending on how much fat versus muscle a person has.  Here are some benefits of drinking water.

1.       Your Skin- Have healthier, younger-looking skin.  Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increase skin elasticity.

2.       No more headaches- Dehydration is a common cause for headaches.

3.       Weight loss- Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less.

4.       Helps in Digestion and Constipation- Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion.  Fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains go hand in hand with water so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

5.       Relieves Fatigue- Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks of water, your heart, for instance, need to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so are you.

There are some foods that are high in water content that support the amount of water you need.  Up to 20% of your water intake can be from foods.  Foods that have a lot of water include fruits and vegetables especially melon, oranges, and cucumber.  Dried fruits have less fluid in them.  Other foods with some water are rice and pasta, however, they make much less vitamins and minerals as fruits and vegetables.

There are also substances you consume that actually dehydrate you making you need more water.  Alcohol, caffeinated drinks like coffee and teas, and carbonated beverages like soda may seem like you are hydrating your body because they are fluids.  In actuality, these drinks do the opposite and should be consumed only in moderation.

Lastly, there are things you do that may change how much water you need to consume.  Exercise and sweat makes your body demand more water.  Some health issues like diabetes require you to drink more also.

Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water.  Always have water at you meals.  You can have your favorite beverage as well, but keep water available to you.  Bring water bottles with you to your desk or wherever you work if it is allowed.  Sometimes your body is already dehydrated if you are thirsty.

Talk to Dr. Rachel about water and other dietary needs specific for you.