Fighting fake hunger pangs — and 7 other reasons to drink more water

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Roughly 60 percent of your body is made of water. Drinking plenty vs not enough water affects how your body sends signals, regulates temperature, digests food (affecting nutrition), and more. Here are eight reasons to drink more water…

  • Being dehydrated creates fake hunger pangs that are really your body’s cry for water, not food. Next time you want a snack, try having a glass of ice water (or other unsweetened drink), and find something interesting to do for 10 minutes. This may make your hunger pangs go away.
  • Did you know that skin is the largest organ in your body? Some toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, resulting in clogged pores and acne. Plus, any inflammation in the body is an additional drain to your immune system.
  • Your stomach and colon need water to help them break down food, absorb nutrients, and flush out waste. If you don’t drink enough water, waste will collect in your body, causing a myriad of problems.
  • Also, the less hydrated you are, the harder it is to poo.
  • Your kidneys are also essential for waste removal, processing up to 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Not surprisingly, they also require fluids to work properly.
  • Because dehydration affects the viscosity of the blood (makes it thicker), it forces your heart to work harder to pump blood through your body.
  • Could drinking more water prevent cancer? Some research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50% for men. (Women showed no statistical difference for colon cancer, and were not included in the bladder cancer study.) (Sources: colon cancer-  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10404059;  bladder cancer – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/331514.stm)
  • My favorite? Drinking more water may improve your mental sharpness! Research looking at dehydration in atheletes “was associated with negative mood, including fatigue and confusion.” (Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/091123.htm)

 

Are you hooked on pop? Here’s a “baby steps” approach to weaning yourself off the sweet stuff.

Fact sources:
http://greatist.com/health/reasons-to-drink-water
http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/10-life-changing-reasons-to-drink-more-water
http://www.butterflytherapies.com/top-12-tips-for-a-healthier-life-part-1/

 

Jana

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