Summer is here! Gorgeous, sunny, hot weather, and everyone wants to be outside and enjoying it, so stay hydrated! It’ll keep you cool, strong, sharp, healthy and in a good mood right through the summer! Here are a few reasons to stay hydrated…
#1. Weight Loss!
Drink water instead of pop or juices, which are filled with a lot of sugars, chemicals and calories! Water helps your body flush out the byproducts of the fat breakdown, it doesn’t have all the empty calories that juices and pops do and it flushes out other toxins that your body naturally wants to get rid of. What else does this help you with…
#2. Great Skin!
Drinking water keeps your skin moist, supple, elastic and bright. It also lessens the signs of aging, the risk of developing dry skin problems and infection.
#3. Strong Muscles!
Staying hydrated is key in helping to keep those muscles moving and strong! This is because water helps carry oxygen to your muscles, so that they can work hard for you, when you need them to!
#4. Improved mood and brain function!
Water is essential for optimal brain health and function! By the time you feel thirsty, this means you are dehydrated and have potentially lost a significant amount of brain function. Dehydration can result in fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration and reduced cognitive abilities! Yikes!
#5. Temperature Control!
This important in the summer months, with the warmer temperatures! The evaporation of the sweat on your skin, allows your body to balance it’s delicate internal temperature in the warmer summer months. If you’re dehydrated and don’t have enough water to sweat and cool yourself off, then you’re in danger of overheating! This can be called heat exhaustion, which can lead to more dangerous health conditions if not taken care of properly.
All the joints in your body have lubrication and water is vital to the production of this lubrication! Your spinal cord, eyes, ears and brain are also dependent on hydration for proper functioning!
Your body’s two main avenues to eliminate waste products are through bowel movements and urination! The more water you drink, the easier it is for your body to eliminate the waste and avoid the buildup of waste products that would otherwise buildup in the body, poison it and cause discomfort and disease.
#8. Improved Digestion!
No one likes to feel a heavy stomach, bloating or gas. Staying hydrated with water (away from meals), helps your body digest your food, by contributing to your saliva, as well as contributing to a healthy environment in your digestive tract.
#9. Stronger Immunity!
Everyone wants to be nice and healthy, to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather! Drinking water helps to keep the fluid in your lymphatic system flowing efficiently, removing waste and fighting off infections!
Eat well, stay hydrated, be physically active and enjoy your summer to the fullest!
~Dr. Sarah Vincent, ND
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