6 Ways Hydrating Can Make You Healthier
Did you know that when you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated? Thirst shows up once your body has lost between one and two percent of its total water content. This is a natural indicator to you that you should hydrate…and hydrate some more! On average, you should aim to drink eight 8-ounce classes of water every day.
Why hydrate? Here are just six ways drinking water can improve your health:
Helps you eat less
Thirst often causes you to feel hungry, which causes you to eat more than you probably should. If you feel hungry, try to drink a glass of water first instead.
Cleans out your system
Your body needs fluids to flush out toxins, acid waste and bacteria. Without water, these can accumulate and cause a number of health issues.
Aids in digestion
Water helps your colon and intestines move waste easily out of your body. Dehydration over time can lead to constipation, ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux.
Gives you more energy
Drinking cold water can speed up your metabolism, and also wake you up if you’re not a morning person. Dehydration, on the other hand, can cause tiredness and fatigue.
Regulates blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Hydrating helps to thin out your blood, therefore helping blood flow and keeping blood pressure levels in check. This also helps avoid high cholesterol by hydrating cells.
Many skin issues and premature aging is caused by lack of hydration. Drinking water helps your skin eliminate toxins and avoid skin disorders like dermatitis, psoriasis, discoloration and premature wrinkling.
Besides thirst, you can monitor your hydration levels based on the colour of your urine. Darker urine means your kidneys are retaining fluid. You also will likely make less trips to the bathroom for the same reason.
At Healthy Meal Plan, your health and happiness are our priority. Our hope is that you not only eat meals that are fresh and healthy for you, but drink plenty of fluids to help your body properly function. Try a meal today!