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Why drink water? 7 health shockers that will make you grab your water bottle

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

As a runner, I’ve always been an avid water drinker. And because I’m a dietitian and nutrition editor, I typically choose to hydrate with water (it’s calorie-free!) over other beverages like sweetened tea, soda or sports drinks, which can pack a hefty calorie and sugar punch. (That said, there is a time and place when nonwater drinks are worthy choices.

Still, I was surprised to learn just how essential water is for so many body processes. Here—as Rachael Moeller Gorman reported in EatingWell Magazine’s July/August issue—you can see what water does for your body, from your head to your toes.

1. Brain 
Staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. When you’re well-hydrated, you can also think through a problem more easily. Researchers hypothesize that not having enough water could reduce oxygen flow to the brain or temporarily shrink neurons—or being thirsty could simply distract you.

2. Mouth 
Water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste—and can even promote cavities.

3. Heart 
Dehydration lowers your blood volume, so your heart must work harder to pump the reduced amount of blood and get enough oxygen to your cells, which makes everyday activities like walking up stairs—as well as exercise—more difficult.

4. Bloodstream 
Your body releases heat by expanding blood vessels close to the skin’s surface (this is why your face gets red during exercise), resulting in more blood flow and more heat dissipated into the air. When you’re dehydrated, however, it takes a higher environmental temperature to trigger blood vessels to widen, so you stay hotter.

5. Limbs 
When you’re well hydrated, the water inside and outside the cells of contracting muscles provides adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently so you perform better. Water is also important for lubricating joints. Contrary to popular belief, muscle cramps do not appear to be related to dehydration, but, instead, to muscle fatigue, according to Sam Cheuvront, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

6. Skin 
When a person is severely dehydrated, skin is less elastic. This is different than dry skin, which is usually the result of soap, hot water and exposure to dry air. And, no, unfortunately, drinking lots of water won’t prevent wrinkles.

7. Kidneys 
Your kidneys need water to filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine. Keeping hydrated may also help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. If you are severely dehydrated, your kidneys may stop working, causing toxins to build up in your body.

So now that you’ve read the total body benefits of drinking water, how much water do you actually need?

It isn’t eight 8-ounce glasses each day. The Institute of Medicine says adult men need about 13 cups (3 liters) per day of fluid; adult women need about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of fluid. (You get about an additional 2 1/2 cups of fluid from foods.)

“But one size doesn’t fit all,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., C.S.S.D., director of sports nutrition at the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Your size and activity level affect your fluid requirements. Simply put, the larger and more active you are, the more you’ll need.

“The easiest thing that anybody could do on a daily basis is monitor their urine color,” says Douglas Casa, Ph.D., A.T.C., who studies hydration at the University of Connecticut. “Lighter urine color—like lemonade—means you’re generally well-hydrated. If it’s darker, like apple juice, you are most likely dehydrated.”

How much water do you drink every day?

Watch this video to learn how much water YOU should drink a day based upon your weight and activity level
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8 Delicious Summer Drinks for Healthier and Smoother Skin

Skin is something that adds a lot to one’s personality. It makes half of one’s personality. To naturally have a beautiful and shiny skin is a blessing but if you don’t have it. Do not worry at all there are many things that you can do to make your attractive and beautiful.

Every person wants to have soft and shiny skin. They must be spending too much money and time on it. In order to have a smooth skin people are required to take care of the skin or otherwise they will have to say goodbye to their beautiful skin.

Summer season is really tough for skin. Our body and skin needs extra care in the summer season. The summer is just about to arrive and we should start preparations in order to save our skin from Sun and Heat.

The skin care becomes must in the summer because it can protect the skin from Wrinkles, Black Spots and Skin Cancer. Skin aging occurs mostly occurs in the summer season. So everyone needs regular facials, juices, water, other liquids and good home care.

The proper intake of liquids becomes really important in the summer season so that your skin may not dehydrate. Dehydration of skin can cause wrinkles, black spots and dark circles around the eyes.

Drinking lots of liquid is a secret of beautiful skin in the summer season. Liquids can be taken in 1 form or another.

Here are some summer drinks for your soft skin that can be used in the daily routine:

1.    Lemon Juice for Smooth Skin

Lemon juice is a very good liquid to be taken in summers as it controls the body’s heat and gives great health benefits. It also helps to remove the toxins from the body and strengthen the body to bear the harsh heat radiations of sun.

Try to take Lemon Juice twice or thrice a day.

2.    Peppermint Tea

Peppermint, which is a cross between watermint and spearmint, has very high menthol content. This menthol is what gives it its strong minty aroma and flavor. Peppermint tea is ideal for the summer season as it improves the complexion of an individual and brings glow to the skin.

3.    Cool Smoothies for Soft Skin

Make Chill Smoothies that are free of calories. It makes the skin healthy and well hydrated. Smoothies can be made of different fruits like Banana, Strawberry and Mango etc.

4.    Cranberry Juice

Sugarcane is the cool fruit of summer. People should take Sugarcane juice before 6 in the evening. It helps in bringing the body’s temperature down.

5.    Gooseberry Drink for Fresh Skin

Make a drink of Gooseberries and Cherries. Try to drink it with empty Stomach in the morning. Gooseberry controls the body’s heat and strengthens the body’s resistance to fight with all the problem of skin.

6.    Herbal Tea

The Tea made of different herbs can also help in making the skin soft, smooth and shiny. This Herbal Tea balances the water level in a human.

7.    Water Melon Juice for Skin Care

Watermelon Juice is excellent for the summer season because it contains a lot of water content in it which balances the water level in the body.

8. Drinking Water:

Drinking water is a key factor to keep your skin clean and beautiful. An individual should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

These drinks can protect the body and skin from the bad effects of summer season. These summer drinks can develop healthy and shiny skin to enjoy the bests of this summer season.

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7 Secrets of Slim People

Ever notice how some women seem to stay slim without ever stressing about missed workouts or counting a single calorie? It seems unfair—and frustrating!—but those ladies might have some secrets the rest of us can steal. Turns out, you don’t have to completely overhaul your diet or exercise regimen to see fast and impressive results on the scale. (Though if you want a great, easy-to-follow plan, register for the Drop 10 Challenge on Self.com to lose 10 pounds in just five weeks.) In fact, recent research shows that sometimes it’s little, practically effortless changes to everyday habits that make the pounds fall off fast and forever. Try incorporating some of these simple, science-backed steps into your day-to-day life—it’s your turn to become one of those “naturally” slim lucky few!

Make time for tea
Women with the highest intake of catechins, antioxidants in tea that may accelerate fat burn, gained less weight over 14 years than those who sipped less, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals. White and green brews have the most catechins. Get brewing!

Move your workouts to the morning
Breaking a sweat before you sit down to breakfast can help you trim down faster, a study in The Journal of Physiology finds. Exercising on an empty stomach in the A.M. improves glucose tolerance, which spurs your body to shed fat.

Join the breakfast club
If you don’t already have regular morning meals, it’s time to start: Lifelong early eaters have a waistline about 2 inches smaller than that of breakfast skippers, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals. An A.M. meal may rev metabolism; plus, it may cause you to make less of an enzyme that raises cholesterol.

Savor your food
Eating slowly and steadily can help you stay slim. People who took 30 minutes to eat a bowl of ice cream created more fullness hormones than did those who ate faster, a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism notes. Whenever you can, ditch distractions like the television while you’re dining so you can concentrate on enjoying the yummy food in front of you.

Become a creature of habit
Eating at the same times every day and could help you drop pounds. When mice ate at scheduled mealtimes and fasted for 12 hours at night, their liver turned on genes that burned more sugar and fat, say scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. No, we’re not mice, but if something as simple as sitting down to dinner at 7 P.M. every night helps speed weight loss, why not give it a shot?

Start with water
Downing two cups of H2O before meals helped people lose about 5 pounds more than those who said no to water, research from Virginia Tech reveals. Water is filling, so sippers ate 75 to 90 calories less. Enjoy a few cups of water while you prep a meal or before your entrée arrives at a restaurant to effortlessly keep calories in check.

Step on the scale

Dieters who weighed themselves at least weekly lost more weight than those who didn’t, according to research from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Plus, the habit helped nondieters stay at a stable weight. Spotting scale swings early allows you to tweak your eating and exercise routine before pounds can pile up. 

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17 Reasons To Drink More Water

Water is very essential for our body. 70% of our body is made up of water. It helps in hydration of the body. It is necessary to drink half our body weight in ounces of water a day. If you do not drink enough of water you get headache, poor concentration, fatigue, constipation and dry skin.

We should drink water on a regular bases.

  • Water helps in nearly all the body functions.
  • Water is the vital fuel of the body. It is a health drink obtained from nature. It is calorie –free, inexpensive and it is easily available.
  • Water helps in digestion and it helps in absorption of nutrients.
  • It helps in excretion of waste and toxins from the kidneys and bowels.
  • It helps to boost your brain
  • It keeps your skin glowing, skin look young.
  • It helps to prevent wrinkles.
  • It acts as a natural lubricant for joints and tissues and keeps the body supple.
  • It helps to prevent constipation.
  • It is essential for proper circulation in the body.
  • The oxygen level in the blood is more if the body is well hydrated.
  • It helps to remove the toxins from the body.
  • Water is important in regulating the body’s cooling system.
  • Water helps in digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions.
  • Intake of water after exercise it helps to reduce the cardiovascular stress and improves performance.
  • Water helps to burn more fat.
  • It regulates the body temperature

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Water and Weight Loss

Drinking Water for Weight Loss

Some people trying to control their weight drink bottles of diet sodas each day. Often these beverages contain caffeine, which is a diuretic causing the body to excrete water. In fact the net result may be dehydration. So if you are a heavy diet-soda drinker, and you recognise these symptoms of dehyration, you may be able to improve your health by simply drinking 6 to 8 glasses of pure, fresh water a day!

1. Headache.
The most common symptom is headaches. A major function of water is to
flush toxins from the body. Your brain is 75% water, so even being
slightly dehydrated can cause headaches.

2. Poor concentration/fatigue.
If you body can’t get rid of the toxins it will struggle and you will
feel less energetic as your body diverts energy to deal with the toxins.

3. Constipation.Drinking Water for Weight Loss - Dr Akilah El
Your body will divert water to more essential functions and as a
result your stools will be harder and more difficult to expel.

4. Reduced urine output or dark urine.
Did you know that up to 200 litres of water is passed through your
kidneys daily? Without a fresh supply of water for the kidneys to
filter waste products out of the blood, your urine will become darker.

5. Furry tongue or bad breath.
If you don’t have enough water passing through the mouth to wash away
food particles, bacteria can proliferate and result in that furry
feeling or bad breath.

6. Skin.
Your skin should feel elastic. When you pinch the skin on the back of
your hand it should snap back instantly.

 

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