By: The Centre - Rolla Health Complex Staff
Drinking water has been found to be a key component that aids in weight loss. Hydration supports digestion, organ health and muscle function. Let’s explore how increasing your water intake can assist you in reaching your goal weight.
An empty stomach can make it difficult to resist the urge to consume a large number of calories. Many times, people may think they are hungry, but they are actually thirsty. Water takes up space in your stomach, helping you to feel fuller — reducing hunger. Plus, choosing water over drinks such as juice, coffee, sports drinks or tea minimizes your overall daily calorie intake.
Drinking water also reduces common digestive issues such as constipation. Waste accumulation in the body can promote bloating and fatigue. It can also cause the kidneys to retain fluid. Increasing your water intake helps to flush toxins and waste from the body that can add a few extra pounds.
Finally, water is a huge support to your workouts. Being hydrated means that your muscles, connective tissues and joints have the support they need to move correctly. Organs such as your heart and lungs can also function at their best—especially during hot and humid conditions. Reduce muscle cramps and fatigue by drinking water before, during and after your workouts.
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