The importance of drinking water in relation to good health cannot be overstated. Maintaining hydration is necessary for your body to function properly, as well as making you feel better.
Water is needed for every system in your body- especially your heart, brain, skin, muscles and digestion.1,2 Being hydrated allows your heart to more efficiently pump blood, your muscles to work longer, and skin to be more moisturized.
In the digestive system, water helps move waste through, keeping you clean internally. In fact, to function at its best, the body needs both water and fiber for healthy digestion. Fiber aids the body by aiding in prevention of chronic disease, allowing increased absorption of other nutrients, and can improve cholesterol. Both soluble and insoluble fiber are needed. Soluble fiber binds with water, helping you to be full longer and can prevent spikes in blood sugar, among other benefits. Insoluble fiber can help to prevent constipation by trapping water.3
If you’re finding it difficult to drink enough water here are some common practices:
- Carrying a reusable water bottle to work and around the house
- When eating, always have a glass of water
- If you work out, be sure to drink water before and after
- Many fruits and vegetables are water rich, and eating them can help hydration
- Make your water flavored
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1Harvard Health Publishing. The importance of staying hydrated. Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated. Published June 18, 2015. Accessed January 16, 2020.
2Wright B. 6 benefits of staying hydrated. One Medical. https://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/6-benefits-of-staying-hydrated/. Published August 8, 2017. Accessed January 16, 2020.
3Busch S. Does Fiber Increase Water Needs? Healthy Eating | SF Gate. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/fiber-increase-water-needs-9140.html. Published December 27, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2020.
48 Ways to Stay Hydrated Besides Drinking Water. U.S. News & World Report. https://health.usnews.com/wellness/slideshows/8-ways-to-stay-hydrated-this-summer-without-drinking-water. Accessed January 16, 2020.