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Saturday, March 2, 2013

5 Good Reasons To Drink Water Every Day

If you've been around long enough, you probably remember growing up with the adage "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." Well, it's not just a proverb or old saying. Water remains one of the easiest and best ways to stay healthier and decrease the risk of health problems. Here are just five good reasons to drink water.

#1 - Weight Control - water has no fat, calories, carbs or sugar. Grabbing a glass of water rather than a high-calorie soda will reduce calorie intake. Water is also a better thirst quencher and it suppresses the appetite.

#2 - Hydration - hydration is important to the body. Water makes up more than half of total body weight. Every organ and every cell and tissue in the body needs water to function properly.

#3 - Heart Health - drinking water can actually lower the risk of a heart attack. Research has shown that people who drink 5 glasses of water a day have a 41 percent less chance of dying from a heart attack than those who drink two or less glasses a day.

#4 - Cancer Risk - drinking water has been shown to reduce the chance of colon cancer by 45 percent and cancer of the bladder by 50 percent. Regular consumption of green tea has been linked to lowering the incidence of many kinds of cancer.

#5 - Increased Energy - feeling tired, dizzy and weak can often be attributed to dehydration, or a lack of water. Muscles are an organ, and organs need water to function properly. Fatigue caused by muscle weakness may often be traced to a lack of water.

How Much Water is Needed?
The amount of water required varies with each individual. Dependent factors include age, weight, exercise, and diet. So, for some, six glasses a day might be good while others may need more. The key is to make drinking water a daily habit. Start with a glass first thing in the morning, a glass with each meal, plenty of water during exercise, and a glass at bedtime. This can be altered as needed but is a good start. Water can also be found in food and other drinks which can count toward daily intake. Fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, tomatoes and lettuce, are good sources of water. Juices, milk and herbal teas also contain water.

How to Know When You're Getting Enough Water
Some of the main symptoms of dehydration include dark urine, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, and dizziness.

If drinking water is distasteful (city water often contains purifying chemicals), try a water filter or add a slice of lemon to a glass of water.
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