Staying hydrated is always a task. If you tend to endure eczema, fatigue, dry skin, migraines, severe headaches, muscle aches, bad circulation, memory loss, or even urinary tract infections; chances are you probably aren't drinking enough water and are suffering from dehydration.
The human body is made up of mostly water, nearly 70%. If your body isn't getting enough water, it then seeks out other liquid sources in your body to access such as blood, and other bodily fluids. This is something you want to avoid, and constantly stay hydrated. As you grow older in age, the harder it is to maintain proper hydration, so start young so it becomes a good habit. Below are 5 key reasons to drink more water.
1.) Enjoy Youthful Skin.
Wrinkled skin, and even dry skin is not appealing. It happens when your body undergoes water retention. If you want to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy, drinking a minimum of 1 gallon (128 ounces) of water a day is key. Any less, and your body may be tapping into other fluids, making it worker harder than it should be.
2.) Improve Your Digestive System.
If you are consistently experiencing constipation or having issues digesting your food, chances are, your body isn't getting enough water. Water-depleted stools are extremely hard to pass, and if held up, your stomach can feel bloated with churning bacteria, which could result in extreme constipation and irregular bowel movements. By having an intake of 128 ounces of water per day, you can avoid digestion issues and and provide your body with the proper hydration and nutrients it needs to function efficiently.
3.) Lower Your Body Fat.
If I told you that dehydration can cause you to gain weight you probably wouldn't believe me; however, it's true. As we stated above, your body will tap into other bodily fluids if it's not being properly hydrated, which causes the body to pull water out of your blood. When your body pulls water out of it's bloodstream, an overabundance of glucose will prevail until it arrives at the liver, where its supposed to be retained as glycogen for later use.
4.) Suppress Your Appetite And Lose Weight.
If you are always hungry and/or have a serious appetite, one way to suppress it and lose weight is to start drinking more water. Pour yourself a giant glass of water the next time you get an urge to snack. Purified water can immediately act as an appetite suppressant when consumed during times of hunger. Feel free to add lemon or lime to flavor it up a bit.
5.) Avoid Dehydration.
As stated above, your body should be taking in roughly 1 gallon (128 ounces) of water per day. You may need more depending on what type of climate or temperature you live in. If you are in a dry or warm climate, I'd recommend an additional liter of water, on top of 1 gallon to stay properly hydrated. Since the body is made up of mostly water, it's vital to stay hydrated. You may also need more water if you are exercising a lot, eating salty foods, or drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, or soda.
After reading this, ask yourself if you are drinking enough water. You may not realize it, but chances are you are probably dehydrated in some way. Make sure your body is getting that 1 gallon a day or more so it can perform at peak levels at all times.