The health benefits of drinking water

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We all know water is essential four our body to function normally and that we should make sure we’redrinking enough each day.

Even though 60 per cent of the body (and ninety per cent of our blood) is water, its simple, flavourless nature means drinking enough can sometimes be a big ask.

In addition to the long list of internal benefits, there are many external benefits to getting in enough water each day.

Maximise physical performance

According to the experts at House Call Doctor, optimal hydration prevents symptoms associated with dehydration while exercising, including altered body temperature control, increased fatigue, oxidative stress, and reduced motivation.

This can be attributed to muscles’ high-water content (80 per cent to be exact)and the propensity for athletes to lose 6-10% of their water weight via sweat.

Prevent hangovers

Dehydration can make the effects of drinking alcohol feel much worse. Alcohol is a diuretic, so makes you lose more water than you take in.

Therefore, hangovers often have symptoms such as thirst, fatigue, headache, and dry mouth.

If you are looking to prevent a hangover, make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. A good rule to follow, as you may have already heard, is to drink a glass of water between alcohol drinks and to also have at least a large glass of water before going to sleep.

Glowing skin

Drinking water daily is an important factor for good health and as the skin is an organ, just like all other organs in the body, it’s made up of cells.

Like other cells in the body it’s also made up of water, therefore without water it is unable to function properly. Though water consumed usually reaches other organs first before reaching the skin, it can still be affected. These effects will often turn the skin flaky, dry, and tight.

Is it dangerous to drink too much water?

While it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, it’s also possible to become overhydrated from drinking too much water.

The main risk of overhydration is the potential that it will lead to water intoxication. According to Web MD, this usually happens when electrolytes and the amount of salt in the body are too diluted.

In fact, there are two different types of overhydration–increased water intake and retaining water. Increased water intakeis caused when a person drinks more water than the kidneys can remove in urine. This can also cause too much water to be collected in the bloodstream.

Retaining water is caused when the body is unable to get rid of water properly and can be caused by several medical conditions.

Both of these types of overhydration are dangerous as they throw off the balance of water and sodium in the body.