It is not without reason that water is called the elixir of life. We cannot survive without water and yet, there are times when we forget to hydrate ourselves properly. The human body consists of 70% water and is the key element that is responsible for all systemic functions in the body such as getting rid of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movement. It also keeps your temperature normal, and lubricates joints and tissues. When you don’t have enough water in the body, it leads to dehydration and thus a debilitation of your bodily functions. Headaches, nausea and dizziness are some of the common symptoms and should be your indicator to drink more water than you already do. Here are a few reasons why drinking 2lt of water is beneficial for your health.
Helps in Reducing Weight
Water has no carbs, no sugars, no fats and no calories. Water boosts metabolism, cleanses waste out of our body and curbs overeating. Drinking more water helps your body stop retaining more water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of weight.
The main reason for headaches is not drinking enough water as dehydration causes fatigue and fatigue causes headaches. So make sure you drink enough water all day.
Helps your Heart Stay Healthy
Dehydration leads to chronic heart diseases and may cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Staying hydrated protects your body from heart ailments because a hydrated body’s blood is 94% water, thus lowering your risk of heart attack by 41%.
Makes Skin Healthy
Skin cells like other cells need water to function properly. If your skin does not get enough water, it will turn dry, tight and flaky. This is why dry skin is more prone to wrinkling, whereas hydrated skin looks healthy and glowing.
Prevents Cancer Risk
Drinking at least 2 liters of water, it helps prevent the risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine by flushing them out of the bladder faster.
Aids in Better Digestion
Water can help balance acidic levels in the stomach that are required to break down food so that your body can absorb nutrients. Water also softens the stool and helps prevent constipation.
Prevents Bloating and Water Retention in the Body
Surprisingly, not drinking enough water is the main cause of water retention and bloating. The liver turns fat into energy that you use. But if you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys are overwhelmed with concentrated fluids and they will make your liver do extra work. As a result, it will hold on to the extra fat, which it would otherwise burn off if you drink that extra water. What is worse is that instead of excreting water and waste products, your body retains existing water to reuse. This is what causes bloating and water retention.
The minimum volume of urine required by the kidneys to excrete the waste products of metabolism is about half a liter per day. Since we lose another half a litre via sweating, breathing and feces, the net intake of water required to maintain balance is one litre under normal conditions. This is why drinking at least 2 liters of water helps manage several chronic health conditions altogether.
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