Water is an integral component of the human body. We are literally more water than anything else. Because water is easily lost through daily activities and illness, we must be vigilant in replacing the losses.
Below is four important reasons to stay hydrated throughout the day.
#1: Lower risk for kidney disease Kidney problems are associated with high salt intake and resulting hypertension, which damages the kidney’s blood vessels. According to an observational study on water intake, how much water a person drinks in a day is also directly related to the developed of CKD – or chronic kidney disease. The higher the fluid intake, the lower risk for CKD. This implies that increasing your water intake will help prevent renal problems.
#2: Water intake can actually help you lose or maintain a healthy weight. Water helps regulate the body’s normal process, like metabolism. Poor water intake is usually associated with a decline in physical activities, which can cause weight gain. By drinking a lot of water, you can maintain the balance between the calories your body uses and stores, as well as the oxidation of stored fat – both of which contribute to weight loss.
 Choosing food with a higher water content can also cut down on your calorie intake because these kinds of food are more filling and take a longer time to be digested by the body, thereby decreasing your appetite.
#3: Water improves your skin condition. When a person is dehydrated, their skin feels rough and dry, with poor elasticity – meaning it doesn’t bounce back when pinched or stretched. When the skin has poor skin turgor, it is more prone to damage and takes a longer time to heal. When skin has good turgor, it has better elasticity and looks a lot healthier.
#4: Water helps keep bowel movement regular. There are three factors to consider when promoting regular bowel movement – fiber intake, physical activity, and water intake. These three things work together to ensure that we get all the nutrients we need from the food we eat and that the waste product is expelled completely from the body. Without enough water in our diet, the fiber can’t do its job properly in cleansing the body, leaving the stool hard and difficult to pass.
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