The One Resolution to Make in 2019 – Drink More Water!
January is the perfect month for establishing new routines and goals for a healthy new year. Whether your resolutions are to exercise more, lose weight, or live a healthier overall lifestyle, drinking more water can help! Drinking water has more benefits than you might think.
Grab a glass of water, and read on to find out why this is one resolution you should make and keep.
Water Improves Physical and Mental Performance
One of the most common resolutions many adults make is to exercise more and to be more active. Water is essential for optimizing your physical performance and to keep your body hydrated during both intense and gentle exercise. Not only does water keep your body physically sound, but drinking more water can also help you to stay mentally strong during a workout. Avoid dehydration, which can lead to reduced motivation and fatigue by keeping your body hydrated.
Aids With Weight Loss and Digestion
Drinking more water can help regulate your digestive system and prevent constipation and other digestive issues. Additionally, water can boost weight loss results by revving your metabolism and making you feel full for an extended period.
Drinking water can also boost your body’s ability to burn fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water increases metabolic rate by 30% in healthy men and women. The boost occurred within 10 minutes after drinking. Mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism by as much as 3% so drink up!
Prevents Cavities and Tooth Decay
Strengthens your teeth.
Drinking water with fluoride, nicknamed nature’s cavity fighter, is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to prevent cavities.
Keeps your mouth clean.
Consuming beverages like juice, soda, or sports drinks can leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away your enamel. Many of these drinks also contain harmful acids to make them taste less sweet. These acids cause just as much damage as sugar and erode away your enamel.
Water cleans your mouth with every drink you take. It washes away left behind food and sugar that leads to cavities. Drinking water throughout the day rather than soda and sports drinks will help to keep your teeth cavity-free.
Fights dry mouth.
Saliva is your body’s natural defense against tooth decay. Much like water, it washes away left behind food, helps you be able to swallow, and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. A lack of saliva leads to a condition called dry mouth, which puts you at risk for developing tooth decay.
Maintains Your Overall Well-Being
Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients to keep your body functioning. There are many benefits to drinking more water for your overall health including:
Cleansing. Cleansing your system regularly and hitting the reset button after an indulgent holiday season starts with water. A key ingredient in many detox recipes, drinking more water can help you flush toxins out of the body.
Temperature. Your body temperature needs to be within the ideal range to help it function properly.
Tissues. Your body’s tissues and organs also need sufficient water for lubrication and protecting sensitive tissues from a lack of moisture.
Make Your Resolution a Reality
Your daily activities can easily distract you from establishing a new habit of drinking more water. Integrate water into your routine and increase your daily water intake by:
- Setting a timer to remind you to hydrate
- Integrate water into your daily routine
- Always drink a glass before meals and snacks
- Bring water with you everywhere you go
Cherrywood Dental Associates is hopeful that together we can make 2019 your most hydrated year yet. Schedule your first checkup of the year and ask us about our favorite simple tricks to drink more water.
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