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7 Things You Didn't Know Water Can Do for You

We all know drinking water is good for us, but many of us don't fully understand WHY. Whether you want to look better or feel better, drinking a tall glass of good ol' H2O is a great way to start. Here are just a few benefits:

1. Weight loss

Drinking water can help you shed pounds by curbing your appetite and by speeding up your metabolism.

2. Better digestion and nutrition

Water helps carry nutrients from our food to the parts of the body that need them. Better hydration leads to better nutrition.

3. Less toxins in the body

Water flushes toxins out of our bodies, especially from the kidneys.

4. Mental health

Our brains need lots of water to function properly. Many studies have shown even slight dehydration impairs concentration and mood. It even contributes to headaches.

5. Stronger joints

Water lubricates our joints. Without enough water, friction erodes the area around our joints and even our spinal cord! OUCH!

6. Allergy relief

Our nose and throat make up a strong line of defense against allergens. These areas need to stay moist to trap and release irritants.

7. Healthy skin

Who doesn't want healthy, glowing skin? The epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, needs lots of water to stay soft and strong.

Now, for the age-old question: how much water should I drink every day? The answer depends on who you ask, but this simple equation could help you figure it out.

body weight ÷ 2 = ounces of water per day

For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water per day. But, like all things health-related, you have to find what works for you. Gradually increase your water until you get to a number that feels right. You'll know you're getting there if thirst is no longer an issue. If you're hydrating properly, you should NEVER feel thirsty. If you are thirsty, you're already dehydrated.

How much water do you drink every day? Share your comments and tips below. Cheers to your health!

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