You hear it all the time – drink more water! We all know that water is always better than grabbing a calorie-loaded soda or fruit drink. But water has a ton of additional benefits other than helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Proper hydration leads to increased energy and a clearer head. It has actually been proven to help the brain function at optimal levels.
Water also gives your muscles and joints the fluid they need to last an eight-hour day (or more) without feeling fatigued. And when you hit the gym hydrated, you’ll experience less cramping. This is one of the best tips trainers tell first-time marathon runners. Drink, drink, drink! Don’t let annoying, sharp pains get in your way of reaching your fitness goals.
And you won’t just feel better – you’ll look better too! Make-up artists and dermatologists alike will tell you water is good for your complexion because it helps flush out nasty toxins. When your body is hydrated, your skin is hydrated, and you’ll look and feel less bloated.
Dr. Murad, a leading dermatologist, agrees that hydrated skin cells are key to fighting off dryness, wrinkles and even cellulite. He created all Murad® products based upon the Cellular Water Principle™.
So how much water should you drink? There’s always the classic rule of eight 8 ounce glasses per day, but each body has different needs. Basically, you should be drinking enough water so that you very rarely feel thirsty. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink nine cups per day and men drink thirteen.
For an added boost, carry a water bottle around when on-the-go or take breaks every 30 minutes or so at work to fill up your glass. With summer sun on the way, don’t forget to drink up!
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