Fitness

Don’t forget your water bottle

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Regulates body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, converts food to energy, protects and cushions your vital organs, helps in absorption of nutrients, cushions your joints, removes waste… Water, as simple as the drink may be, helps in carrying out these multiple tasks.

Lean body mass consists of about 70 to 75 per cent water, with fat tissues containing much less: about 10 to 40 per cent.

And this is the time of the year when the summer heat can cause discomforting symptoms if frequent and adequate fluids are not consumed. Warmer temperatures and high humidity are taxing on the body. If you’re experiencing issues like dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness or headaches, fever or muscle cramps, you might be in the early stages of dehydration. This is basically your brain sending you thirst signals; take note and start having small and frequent sips of water until you are quenched.

Let’s see what drinking an ample amount of water a day does for your health.

Fights dehydration

The body loses fluids when you engage in any physical activity or exercise, sweat in high heat, or come down with a fever or vomiting or diarrhoea. Ample amount of water intake a day regulates not just body temperature and but also replaces the essential electrolytes lost due to excessive sweating.

Improves mental health

Your brain is strongly influenced by your hydration status. So for mental health, creativity and productivity, water plays a vital role. Consuming an adequate amount of water can help you think better, focus better, and thus, work better. It also helps in controlling sudden strokes and headaches in summer.

Overcomes digestive problems

Sufficient water intake enables your body to expel waste throughprocesses like perspiration, urination, and defecation. It regulates digestion, avoids constipation, acidity, kidney stones and stomach cramps.

Makes heart healthy

Dehydration puts pressure on heart functions, so whether you’re at high risk for cardiac problems or not, it’s important to keep a check on your water intake.

Imparts energy

Water boosts energy and fights against fatigue, dizziness, sluggishness, lethargy and other heat-related illness.

For skin

Drinking an adequate amount of water helps in skin rejuvenation. Hydrated skin looks more radiant and glows. It also curbs acne and aging.

Weight loss

This is due to the fact that water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. That results in losing weight and keeps us healthy during summer.

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