7 Water Benefits You Probably Didn’t Know About

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    The importance of drinking water is not surprising news – it’s something you hear over and over and over again. You know that about 2/3 of your body is water – around 60% or so, depending on your size. You’ve even heard that 6 to 8 glasses of the stuff a day should be your goal. So, enough about all that!

    Instead, what about some of the surprising health benefits you may have never heard of before? For example did you know that water…

    Lowers Stress

    About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, it means your body and your mind are automatically placed in a stressful state.

    Boosts Your Immune System

    Drinking water can help fight against flu and other ailments, even heart attacks, respiratory disease, intestinal problems and arthritis, according to studies. Some of the best benefits can be obtained when you throw a few slices of lemon into your water.

    Reduces Kidney Stones

    The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people aren’t drinking enough water.

    What’s the connection?

    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.

    Reduces Cancer Risks

    Some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.

    Helps Muscles & Joints

    Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body.

    Helps You Lose Weight

    Obesity is a contributing factor to many different health conditions today. But drinking water can help boost your metabolism and help you feel fuller, thus helping you succeed in your weight loss goals.

    Boosts Your Energy

    Dehydration makes you feel tired, and prevents you from being as productive as you’d like to be, whether it’s at work or at the gym. But drinking water can help your heart pump your blood more effectively and can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. The result: more productivity, because you can think more clearly, you’re more alert, and you’re more focused.

    So…drink up!

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