Need a little encouragement to increase your consumption of water throughout the day? Here are six reasons to swap out sugary beverages and turn to water instead.
- Bodily functions rely on water. The human body is composed of approximately 60% water, which aids in many functions such as digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature.
- Water can help cut calories. Food that has high water content tends to look larger, requires more chewing and is absorbed slowly by the body. This all leads to feeling fuller after a meal. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soup, oatmeal and beans. Replacing higher-calorie drinks with water is also a simple way to cut calories during a meal.
- Water energizes the muscles. When muscles do not have a proper balance of fluids and electrolytes, the cells shrivel and can generate muscle fatigue.
- Water keeps the skin moisturized. Water contained in the skin serves as a protective barrier against excess fluid loss. Dehydration causes skin to look dry and wrinkled.
- Your kidneys need water to function. Body fluids transport waste in and out of cells. The kidneys rid the body of these toxins as long as they have an adequate amount of water to do so. People who do not take in enough water on a regular basis can be at a higher risk for kidney stones.
- Water keeps GI tract running smoothly. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. Balancing the adequate amount of water and fiber will keep everything functioning properly.
For more information about ways to stay healthy, schedule a session with our Registered Dietitian, Michelle Young, by calling (847) 535-7060 or contacting us.