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November 03, 2023

Why hydration is so important for your overall health and well-being

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Did you know that water makes up more than 50 percent of your body weight? Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to function properly, which is why staying well hydrated is so important.

From lubricating your joints to fighting fatigue and supporting healthier eating habits, there’s no shortage of reasons for making hydration a daily priority.

Here’s a deeper look at some of the main ways your body benefits from getting enough water.

Avoiding dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you lose more water than you’re taking in. Common causes of dehydration include:

• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Running a fever
• Sweating from vigorous activity or being in hot weather
• Urinating frequently

The easiest way to prevent dehydration is drinking enough fluids and eating foods with a high water content, such as fruits and vegetables.

The effects of dehydration can range from mild to fatal, depending on how long and how severely you’re dehydrated.

The most common symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and extreme thirst. Dark-colored urine is also a warning sign, as well as urinating less frequently. More serious complications include heat stroke, seizure, and a drop in blood pressure and the amount of oxygen in your body.

Research has also shown a link between dehydration and mental health. A 2018 study found that adults who drink more water have a lower risk of anxiety and depression.

Helps with digestion

Water is essential for keeping your digestive system running smoothly. Not drinking enough can lead to heartburn, bloating, gas, and irregular bowel movements.

Boosts longevity

According to a study published in early 2023, adults who stay well hydrated appear to be healthier, develop fewer chronic conditions such as heart and lung disease, and live longer than adults who may not get sufficient fluids.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that staying hydrated may also be associated with a reduced risk for developing heart failure.

The bottom line

Drinking water is not just about quenching your thirst; it's about nurturing your overall well-being. So do your body a favor and begin making proper hydration a top priority today!

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