Rethink Your Drink

rethink your drink

What you drink is critical to your health and well-being, and many people need to consume more water daily. The body is made up of about 60 percent water, and the organs and cells of the body require water to function correctly. Energy drinks, coffee, and alcohol have all gained popularity over the years. While they provide some water, the body must get enough water to stay hydrated. Presented below are some benefits of staying hydrated:

Drinking Water Keeps the Body Functioning Properly

Water provides the joints with lubrication. Joints and the spine’s disks contain cartilage which consists of about 80 percent water. If the body is chronically dehydrated, the joints may not be able to absorb shock properly, which can lead to joint pain. 

In addition to helping lubricate joints, water also helps to form mucus and saliva. Saliva helps moisten the nose, eyes, and mouth and aids digestion. Consuming enough water also helps keep the mouth clean by washing away debris and bacteria. If you drink sweetened beverages, it can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. 

Drinking Water Provides the Body With Oxygen and Prevent Issues

The blood in the body carries oxygen to all parts of the body, and blood is more than 90 percent water. When the body doesn’t have enough water to stay hydrated, the blood doesn’t deliver as much oxygen to the body. If the blood is thicker, it can also increase blood pressure.

Skin can also become vulnerable to wrinkling and skin disorders. The middle layers of the skin store water, which comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. When the sweat evaporates, the body is cooled. The body can’t cool without enough water, causing the body to overheat. 

The brain’s function and structure can be affected by dehydration, creating issues throughout the body. The production of neurotransmitters and hormones may be affected, and prolonged dehydration can affect one’s reasoning and thinking skills. 

Drinking Water Detoxifies the Body 

To function properly, the bowel needs water. Dehydration can contribute to constipation, digestive issues, and increased acid in the stomach. The long-term outcome can be stomach ulcers and heartburn. In addition to helping the body sweat, adequate hydration assists the body in removing urine and feces, which are ways the body detoxifies. 

Because minerals and nutrients dissolve in water, they are more easily accessible when the body is adequately hydrated. The kidneys regulate fluid in the body, and people may experience kidney stones or other issues if the body is deprived of water. When the body is detoxifying correctly, it can be easier to lose weight. 

Sometimes people may feel hungry when they are actually thirsty. Drinking enough water between meals may result in consuming fewer calories. Also, if you swap out sugary beverages with water, you’ll limit the sugar and empty calories you consume. 

Drinking Water Boost Performance and Prevent Hangovers

When dehydrated, the body will restrict airways to minimize water loss. This can make breathing difficult, and allergies and asthma can worsen. If well hydrated, people may notice increased performance during strenuous activity; dehydration may result in decreased performance. 

When you consume alcoholic beverages, alternating one alcoholic drink with water can help you prevent drinking too much. It can also prevent the body from becoming dehydrated due to the alcohol. 

Work With a Doctor 

Working with a doctor like Dr. Leo can be very beneficial if you’ve been dealing with health issues or want to improve your health. Dr. Leo has had much experience working with patients over the years and enjoys helping improve his patients’ health. The office is located at 6321 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, in the Executive office park. We look forward to helping you through your health journey!

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Dr. L. J. Leo

Dr. Leo began his education at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned his doctorate in osteopathy. He completed his internal medicine residency through the U.S. Army and had the honor of serving multiple overseas tours before retirement.

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