Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Drink Up!

Water is essential for all known life on Earth, including the human body. 55-75% of your body is water! (People that are more fit have a higher percentage of fluid, as muscle holds more water than fat.)

Not only do we need water to survive, we also need water to function properly. Even a 2% loss of our bodily fluids can effect athletic performance, brain function and cause fatigue. Doctors and health professionals often advise people to consume eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to maintain the proper level of hydration. But why? Below, we have outlined the health benefits of drinking enough water.

- Helps metabolize stored fats which can lead to weight loss.
- Lubricates joints and can ease the pain associated with rheumatoid joint pain and arthritis.
- Helps prevent heart disease and strokes by preventing the clogging of arteries of the heart and brain.
- Lessens the severity of illnesses like the common cold or flu.
- Lessens the burden on kidneys and liver by flushing out harmful toxins in the body and also lessens the chance of kidney stones.
- Improves circulation and thereby the appearance of skin.

Water is universally important to keeping our bodies healthy and working properly. We have only touched on a few of the reasons why we should all drink more water. If you have any questions about the benefits of water, please feel free to contact Empire Health and Wellness Center at 518-690-4460 or visit our website at

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