Drinking plenty of water is always important, but during the summer months, staying properly hydrated can make a huge difference in how you feel. IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health, Honolulu, HI’s leading center for orthopedic surgery and care, says many people don’t understand the health and nutrition benefits water provides, and all too often, they aren’t drinking nearly enough water on a daily basis.
Take a look at these four reasons why drinking water is such an important part of your nutrition, especially during the hot summer months:
- Maintains Body Fluids: Neglecting to drink enough water can throw off the balance of your body fluids. When you sweat and urinate, fluids are released from your body, but if not replenished, it can leave you feeling weak and even sick. Your body needs plenty of water to maintain normal functions, like proper digestion, nutrient absorption, saliva production, and even body temperature control.
- Improves Skin: Aside from internal health reasons, water helps to improve the appearance of your skin. Staying hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside, will leave your skin feeling softer and more subtle. Dehydration can lead to dry and cracked skin, chapped lips, and can even cause wrinkles. For better skin tone, remember to drink plenty of water all year round, but especially during the warm summer months.
- Promotes Better Kidney Function: Being dehydrated can affect the way your kidneys work to remove toxins from your body through urination. Without adequate enough fluid intake, your kidneys can start to take a toll, and you could even be more prone to kidney stones. If your urine is dark in color or has a strong odor, it could be an indication you need to drink more water.
- Maintains Bowl Function: It’s never fun to be constipated, so drink plenty of water every day to prevent having troubles in the bathroom. Water is great at promoting good gastrointestinal function and helps to keep your stools soft. If you have problems with constipation, it’s also a good idea to add extra fiber to your diet in addition to increasing your water intake.
Drinking the recommended about of water daily can seem like a daunting chore, but getting enough fluids is an essential part of your overall nutrition. To help you to remember, IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health’s doctors suggest keeping a bottle of water with you at all times. It’s also a good idea to drink water before doing any type of strenuous activity, and with every meal.
For more tips on staying hydrated throughout the summer, call Honolulu’s IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health at (808) 521-8170 or visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.