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We’re all familiar with the rule that states you’re supposed to drink about eight glasses of water a day. But how many of us actually keep count? We’re living in a world that has us rushing around, stressed, overworked and exhausted. Let’s face it, tracking our daily water intake usually doesn’t top the priority list. However, I strongly encourage you to give it a place on your list!
Staying hydrated is key to your health, both physical and mental. It’s true! Proper hydration improves everything, from your skin to your mood. While most of us aren’t paying much attention to how well we’re watering our bodies, it’s something we should all be informed about because that’s when you’re empowered to take action and improve your health and happiness. And remember, it’s not only about drinking water. You can eat your water in the form of high-water-content foods that are refreshing and nutritious. Think cucumber, celery, tomatoes, and radishes. Without further ado, here are some of the amazing benefits of staying hydrated.
Drinking enough water is one of the easiest ways to naturally lower your blood pressure. For some people, this can mean avoiding blood pressure medication. You have to take those pills with water anyway, so why not focus on staying hydrated and improve your chances of not needing a prescription.
Fatigue is often the result of overworked muscles and lack of water in the body. This triggers all of your systems, including your brain, to become sluggish. Having a glass of water can add some pep and have you feeling more energized almost instantly. That’s more energy for fun, exercise, intimacy and all of the things you love to do!
This is one my favorite benefits because it significantly impacts your ability to enjoy your life. Depression is linked to chronic dehydration, especially in relation to the production and metabolism of serotonin, tryptophan and essential amino acids in the body and brain. Staying hydrated actually improves your mood. The better your mood, the more you enjoy the things and people around you. You enjoy greater success (happiness is motivating). Life becomes more fulfilling. All this from drinking the right amount of water? Not too shabby.
Our organs require copious amounts of water to function properly. The longer we stay dehydrated, the harder our bodies have to work – right down to our cells. This means that we age faster. Proper hydration keeps you looking, feeling and acting younger!
With proper hydration, your skin takes on that glowing, youthful look that many people spend a lot of money to get. Without enough water, skin loses elasticity, retains toxins and becomes irritated. Consistently hydrating helps bring your inner beauty to the surface.
This is a pretty impressive list of benefits from something as simple as drinking the right amount of water. Simple, but important. Proper hydration makes you healthy and beautiful from the inside out. The best part? It’s such an easy way to add better health and more joy to your life! Take this next step to being your very own Health Hero, one sip at a time! Make healthy living a part of every day.
The light in me honors the light in you.
A survivor of rheumatic heart disease, Dr. Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P. grew up to become one of America’s leading patient advocates. His devotion towards educating and empowering others to “Be Your Own Health Hero” stemmed from the empathy and care he received from his father and his first Health Hero, Dr. Chandrasekhar, during his 10 day stay in the hospital and yearlong recovery.
After graduating at the top of his class and obtaining a medical degree at Wayne State University, Dr. Partha Nandi completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has been a practicing physician for over 20 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Nandi authored several publications and spoke at TedX, college commencements, charity events, and international conferences, advocating ways to improve the quality and access to health care. He has also collaborated with The World Health Organization and partnered with the Ministries of Health in Jamaica and India.
Dr. Partha Nandi currently practices gastroenterology full-time in Detroit, Michigan, where he holds the title of Chief Health Editor for WXYZ ABC Detroit. He is also the creator and host of a medical lifestyle television show, Ask Dr. Nandi, and a speaker at conferences and premier medical meetings to share his mission and empower everyone “To Be Your Own Health Hero.”