More Reasons to Drink Water

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Dehydration, Health, Water | Posted on 11-02-2016

 

The subject of hydration has been in the health news often lately and with good reason. Dehydration is not good for the body in any way. Many people, especially the elderly, do not drink enough water. Much of our body consists of water, while a lesser amount is attributed to solid tissue, so it is necessary to stay hydrated.

According to Dr. Sergio Cortes, dehydration can lead to muscle cramps. Water is needed to balance the salts in the body and too little water can cause these painful spasms. Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium are thrown off balance without enough water at the cellular level.

Water is also essential for healthy skin and mouth. Too little water can decrease salivation leading to bacterial growth in the mouth. Dry skin can be a direct result of not enough water intake. Moisturizers on the skin help, but ingesting water is also needed to keep skin supple and soft. Skin is our first defense to many germs and keeping it strong and free from openings that allow microbes into the body is important.

Water is essential for concentration and preventing mental fog. Dehydration can also lead to food and sugar cravings when the body is actually needing water.

Read more about water and health here.
Everyone should have a glass or bottle of water handle to sip throughout the day even if they don’t actually feel thirsty.