Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
You have probably heard that drinking more water is one of the healthiest things that you can do for yourself. (It also happens to be one of the easiest and most affordable things you can do for your health, too.) But in case you need some cold hard facts to inspire you to pick up a cold glass of ice water… check out your Houston sports doctor’s list of seven reasons below.
With more people caring about hydration, maybe water will stay on its course of knocking soft drinks out of America’s “top beverage” position. (For the last few years, soda has occupied a top spot in beverage sales and consumption. Those figures are beginning to diminish. For an interesting read on the subject, see the New York Times’ October 2015 feature, “The Decline of Big Soda.”)
7 Reasons to Drink More Water
- The body consists of approximately 60 percent water. The incredible amount of water your body contains is essential in a number of functions, from regulating body temperature to removing wastes. By staying hydrated, you can improve just about every function your body performs.
- Water helps with mental concentration.
- Drinking more water can help with weight loss. By simply filling your stomach with water, you will have fewer hunger cravings, and therefore possibly avoid consuming too many calories. Try drinking a full glass 30 minutes before a meal.
- You may think only coffee or caffeinated sodas can give you an energy boost, but water is actually an excellent way to renew your strength for the day (fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration).
- Water also helps combat pain. Muscle cramps and strains can feel much worse than they actually are when you’re dehydrated.
- Feel a cold coming on? Down a few glasses of water. Drinking more fluids can help reduce congestion, hydrate the body, and keep you moving ahead.
- Lastly, water helps clear up your skin by flushing out toxins. While you can’t expect your tap to stand in for the Fountain of Youth, water does keep pores clear, reducing the likelihood of acne.
So, how much water should you drink? Health care professionals have different opinions, but most everyone agrees that between 72 and 128 ounces per day is a good target for most adults.
Get Fit With a Houston Sports Physician
Have more questions about hydration–especially as it relates to athletic training? Learn how to develop healthy habits when you schedule your appointment with a Houston sports doctor. Call Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546 to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.