Nutrition

The Benefits of Drinking Water

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One of the most important tools for our health and weight loss is WATER!  You may have heard doctors or dietitians recommending drinking ‘at least 8 cups of water a day.’  The reasoning behind this is that 60% of our bodies made up of water, and all of our cells, tissues, and organs need water to function. 

Here are some of the health benefits of water:

Increases Energy and Relieves Fatigue

Since our brains are made up of mostly water, staying hydrated will help improve your focus and concentration.  As an added bonus, your energy levels are boosted! When we have more energy, we are also more likely to do other things that help promote our health and wellness like exercise, cooking a meal, and being more active in general.

Promotes Weight Loss

Weight loss and water intake is connected in many different ways.  Water helps keep us hydrated, which reduces stress levels in our body, and it also keeps us full which acts as a natural appetite suppressant.  When we are losing weight, our bodies are breaking down fat stores for energy, but water and carbon dioxide are also byproducts of this breakdown.  Because of this, drinking enough water helps our bodies to excrete the excess water that is created through the fat metabolism taking place. 

Flushes Out Toxins

Water also gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections.  Staying hydrated ensures those toxins are being flushed out from your body on a daily basis.

Improves Skin Complexion

Drinking lots of water helps keep our skin feeling and looking moisturized, fresh and glowing!   It is especially important with weight loss because it helps promote healthy skin and improves elasticity, which helps reduce skin sagging after weight loss.

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Maintains Regularity

Being adequately hydrated aids in your body’s digestion of food and prevents constipation.  Water is essential to all the organs of your digestive tract working well and helping your body absorb nutrients and break down your food.

Boosts Immune System

Increased water intake reduces the likelihood of getting sick.  Hydration is key to helping all the systems of our bodies are able to function optimally to fight off germs and if we do end up under the weather, recover from illness quickly.

Natural Headache Remedy

Did you know that a common cause of headaches is dehydration?  Keeping a strong water intake helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pain too!). 

Prevents Cramps & Sprains

When it comes to exercise, drinking water is important for more than replenishing the water your body is sweating out.  Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic. This means that if you’re hydrated, your body is less likely to experience joint pain or injury.

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Saves Money

Water is FREE!  Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it is still cheaper than alternative beverage options that are higher sugar and fat.  By choosing water, you’re saving both money and calories.

Water has so many benefits and is a vital part of our daily lives.  If 60 oz in a day seems daunting, you can also drink unsweetened tea, coffee, or infuse your water with fruit as a healthy alternative.  When it comes to prioritizing your daily wellness, drinking more water is one easy and affordable way to reap all those benefits, improving your health inside and out!  

CoreLife has a dedicated team of medical professionals, dietitians, and fitness instructors that work together to create the healthiest plan for our patients.  Whether you have been struggling with weight issues your whole life, or are looking for a safe, sustainable approach to build a healthier lifestyle, CoreLife creates customized plans to fit your life.

At CoreLife we believe each person is different, which is why we create a customized plan for each individual. Contact us for a free consultation today!

Katy Misenheimer MS, RD, CDE

Author Katy Misenheimer MS, RD, CDE

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