Benefits of Drinking Water

Itâ??s summer time and the heat is turning up! (Well not this week). Weâ??ve always been told to â??drink more waterâ?? growing up and there is reason behind it! Dr. Puckett, from Complete Family Medicine, stopped by Good Morning Heartland to discuss some other benefits to drinking water. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

Question: Can water help us stay slimmer?

Answer: Trying to lose weight? Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full.Replace calorie-filled beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller. Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism - especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.

Question: Does it give us energy?

Answer: If you're feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired.The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively.And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

Question: Can it help reduce stress?

Answer: About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you're dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed. If you're feeling thirsty, you're already a little dehydrated. To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip regularly.

Question: Can you build muscle town with water?

Answer: Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body.When you're well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without "hitting the wall."

Question: Help nourish our Skin?

Answer: Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you're dehydrated. Water is nature's own beauty cream. Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger. It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.

Question: How does water help with our bowel movements?

Answer: Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion.Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract. If you're dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.

Question: Can water reduce kidney stones?

Answer: The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people -- including children -- aren't drinking enough water.Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones. Kidney stones can't form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!

Question: So, how do we know we are drinking enough water?

Answer: Most healthy adults get enough to drink by letting their thirst guide them. But the exact amount you need depends on your size, level of activity, the weather, and your general health.You may need more water if you exercise or sweat heavily.

Question: Can we drink too much water?

Answer: Yes, it is possible. ã??For younger healthy people it is rare. ã??Seniors can over drink and dilute out their electrolytes too much, especially sodium. ã??This can make them quite ill. ã??We often put them on a fluid restriction. It is also possible to get water intoxication, for the same reasons. ã??There have been well documented examples of people, usually during hazing or under peer pressure, to drink enormous amounts of water in a short period. ã??Again, this can cause the electrolytes to shift, and can cause the brain to swell. ã??It can be life and function limiting.

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