Benefits of drinking water
Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. It will interest you to know that water has many important jobs, such as:
· carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
· flushing bacteria from your bladder
· aiding digestion
· preventing constipation
· normalizing blood pressure
· stabilizing the heartbeat
· cushioning joints
· protecting organs and tissues
· regulating body temperature
· maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.
Giving your body enough fluids to carry out those tasks means that you're staying hydrated.
If you don't drink enough water each day, you risk becoming dehydrated. Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that's dark in color.
So how much water should you drink? Most people need about four to six cups of water each day.
How much water should you drink a day?
The daily four-to-six cup rule is for generally healthy people. It's possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions, such as thyroid disease or kidney, liver, or heart problems; or if you're taking medications that make you retain water, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opiate pain medications, and some antidepressants.