Advantages of Drinking Water Regularly

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Water Myth:

  • Drink 8 glasses(68 ounces) of water daily.

Facts:

  • According to The Institute of Medicine, women should be getting 78 ounces of water, while men should get 112 ounces daily.[1]
  • Those figures include water from food like fruits, veggies, and anything that melts. Let’s enjoy that ice cream and sherbet!
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Myth:

  • Water temperature doesn’t matter.

Fact:

  • Drinking warm water can aid in digestion
  • Drinking warm or hot water has been found to make you less thirsty.
  • Drinking cold water was linked in 2001 to triggering migraines in people that already experienced migraine.
  • The pain related to achalasia, a condition that limits your body’s ability to pass food through your esophagus, can also get worse when you drink cold water with a meal.[2]
  • When exercising, cool water is recommended.
  • Drinking cold water makes nasal mucus thicker If you’re trying to treat a cold or flu, drinking cold fluids might make your congestion feel worse. Old fashioned chicken soup and hot water will thin mucus and help you to breathe more easily.[3]

Advantages to Adequate Water Consumption

  • Drinking helps with circulation. Since blood is about half water, you need to stay hydrated to keep it moving.
  • According to the Arthritis Foundation, drinkingH2O is important for flushing out your body. It can also help fight inflammation, keep the joints well lubricated, and prevent gout.[4]
  • Prevent kidney stones
  • Drinking plain water, no matter the temperature, gives your body more energy throughout the day.
  • Dehydration is a common cause of constipation. In many cases, drinking water is an effective way to relieve and prevent constipation
  • H2O Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue.

Things to Consider

 Disadvantage of drinking water is frequent bathroom visits – but hey, we all need more exercise!

Consult your physicians prior to increasing your fluid intake.  There are many health conditions that require fluid restrictions.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4473081/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3479252/

[3] https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/home-remedies

[4] https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/nutrition/healthy-eating/best-drinks-for-arthritis

 

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