Why drink water? Four Commonly Overlooked Benefits
Water benefits your body in a few ways that you probably don’t take into account. Here are four crucial benefits that you can take advantage of:
Keeps Your Joints Lubricated
Cartilage, the whitish tissue that covers the articulating surfaces of your joints, is mostly made up of water. As is the synovial fluid that, besides acting as a shock absorber, keeps these surfaces from rubbing together. If your joints are constantly aching, chances are that you’re not hydrating properly.
Helps You Breathe Better
Your entire respiratory tract, from the nasal cavity to the alveoli in your lungs, needs to be well-moisturized to function properly. Proper hydration also helps replace the moisture you lose when you breathe out. Otherwise, the body shrinks down your airways in a bid to conserve water.
It’s no surprise that your brain requires water for proper functioning — your entire body does, after all. Still, the brain is much more dependent than most. Water facilitates the production of neurotransmitters, the tiny molecules that convey messages across cells. It also provides the electrical energy needed to sustain activity. Water is so vital to your brain that a few hours of dehydration can be enough to (temporarily) impair your cognitive performance.
Maintain Health And Beauty
Did you know that keeping your body hydrated can help you maintain a youthful appearance? Water is what keeps your skin smooth, radiant, and healthy. When dehydrated, you become more prone to skin diseases and aging. Sounds like a good enough reason to invest in a water bottle, isn’t it?
Dr. Duy Bui is a board-certified chiropractic physician at ReNu Chiropractic Health with offices in Aloha and Beaverton. Visit renuchiro.com or for more information, call (503) 406-2020.