Feeling tired?  Have acne?  Moody?  Got kidney stones?  Chances are, you aren’t getting enough water.  That’s right, water makes up about 60% of the adult body. Without enough of it, complications ensue. Here are some of its’ benefits:

Glowing Skin

Researchers state that skin contains at least 30% water.  If your skin doesn’t get enough water, the cells begin to shrink and wither.  If you want to look your best, try to get in the recommended eight, 8 ounce glasses per day.  Keep in mind that caffeinated drinks don’t really count toward your eight because caffeine is a diuretic, which means it causes you to lose fluid.

Improved Mood

Studies have shown that lack of water can decrease mood and also cause headaches and fatigue.

Get Rid of Colds Quicker

Is it starve a cold, feed a fever or the other way around?  Either way, when you’ve got a cold, one of the first things everyone tells you is to “drink plenty of fluids”, right?  Drinking extra fluids is a good way to flush out germs and keep your cells hydrated so your immune system can function at its’ best.  It also helps to loosen mucus and keep your nose and throat moist.

Helps With Weight Loss

Have you ever noticed that people that are slim and work out often, are always carrying around water bottles? A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, involving more than 18,000 adults found that people who increased their water intake by an additional one to three 8-ounce cups per day, ate less, thus causing them to decrease their calorie intake.  Result?  Weight loss.

Got Kidney Stones?

Doctors have found that most people that develop kidney stones, do so because they don’t drink enough water.  Kidney stones develop when the urine doesn’t have enough fluid in it to dissolve calcium and other substances that the body regularly processes.  When the body tries to move them along, they get stuck – and it hurts!  So, drinking enough fluid daily is usually the first recommendation.

Feel More Energetic and Strong

Water helps your muscles maintain the right balance of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium.  Without enough water, muscle can cramp.  Also, when cells are properly hydrated, cell membranes are more permeable, improving the flow of nutrients.  This helps improve your mental and physical performance.  Without the proper amount of water daily, you feel sluggish and lethargic.

One of the best ways to make sure you get enough water, is to buy a water bottle, one that holds at least 24 ounces.  Drink a cup of water before each meal and again about an hour after meals and snacks.  Fill your bottle at least two times a day.  If you get tired of plain water, consider adding a flavor packet.  You can also count juices and non-caffeinated teas as part of your fluid.  I don’t recommend sparkling water, which is carbonated, because this contributes toward and acidic pH,  which is not good.  See the article To Diet or Not To Diet; Is that the Question? for more information on pH.