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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Why Should You Drink Water?

Why Should You Drink Water?

You’ve heard it before: 8 glasses of water a day. Yet have you ever wondered why water is so important to your health? Check out these compelling reasons that may have you drinking more water than ever.

  • Avoid dehydration – If you are not drinking enough water, your body can suffer dehydration. Thirst is the biggest sign your body is becoming dehydrated. Other symptoms may include fatigue, joint and muscle soreness, constipation, headaches, and dizziness. Severe dehydration is extremely dangerous and can be life threatening.
  • Nourish cells – Since cells in the body contain primarily water, there must be a continual supply for them to function properly. Water is also a key ingredient in blood, which transports oxygen and nutrients to the cells
  • Weight loss and maintenance – Water has no calories, so it is much friendlier to the waistline than drinking soft drinks containing sugar. Drinking water with a meal makes you feel full faster, helping you avoid overeating.
  • Healthy skin – Water is necessary for skin hydration and may even give your skin a healthy glow.
  • Removal of toxins – Water cleanses your system, flushing waste and toxins out of the body.

Water also serves numerous other purposes in maintaining good health. It keeps joints lubricated and provides moisture for the mouth, throat, eyes, and nasal passages.
Water is necessary for proper digestion and also helps regulate body temperature.

How much water should you drink each day? There actually isn’t one set answer as individuals have differing needs. However, a good rule of thumb is the “8 x 8 rule” – drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, although you may need more than this during exercise or on a really hot day.

So what are you waiting for? After reading all the benefits, you know your mouth is craving a refreshing glass of ice cold water. Why not add in a twist of lemon or lime and
enjoy!

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