We’ve all heard that you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day at 8 ounces each - so 64 ounces. That’s fine if you weigh 128 pounds. To figure up how much water you should be drinking, simply take your body weight and divide it in half. That’s how many ounces of water you need in a day. That being said, here are six reasons why it’s so important to get all those ounces in.
• Fluid Balance
Simply put, water helps keep all your cells hydrated to perform their functions. Roughly 60% of your body’s composition is water so not having enough of it causes everything in your day to suffer. Headaches, joint pain, and trouble thinking are all things that may be helped by proper hydration.
Water will help keep you regular by dissolving fats and soluble fiber. It also helps the kidneys and liver to perform their jobs of flushing waste.
• Thirst Disguised as Hunger
Thirst is often mistaken as hunger, and more food is then consumed when really all you needed was more water. If you feel the urge to grab a snack, try some water first. If the hunger persists then you can take care of it.
• It Could Aid in Weight Loss
Studies have shown that those who drank water before a meal lose weight faster than those that don’t. The water makes you feel full faster and also aids in speeding up your metabolism to keep things moving.
• Clearer Skin
Staying hydrated can help your skin look brighter and cleaner by allowing cell regeneration to take place. Sweating is another way the body flushes waste from the body and if you’re dehydrated you can’t sweat properly. This can lead to clogged pores and ducts with lead to breakouts.
• Muscle Fatigue
Just like all those other cells we mentioned, muscles need water to function properly too. Not keeping up on your water consumption will lead to poor performance and tiring out quickly.
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