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Never Thirsty: 5 Health Benefits of Water

Welcome to Doctors’ Notes, our newest contribution from Urban Health correspondents and husband and wife physicians Dr. Rob and Dr. Karla Robinson.  The dynamic duo will be fielding questions about health, as it relates to African Americans.  Please feel free to send them questions via digitalpitches@ebony.comWe promise to keep it anonymous. 

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With summer in full swing and soaring temps across the nation, it is important to make sure to beat the heat with proper hydration.  What’s the best tool to keep yourself hydrated? Water!  We always hear that we should be drinking water…but do you really know why?  Are there really any health benefits of water?

The average adult body is made up of roughly 2/3 water.  So that means if for no other reason, drinking water is important because “you are what you drink.”  But if you happen to need a few more reasons to have some water today, here are five reasons that water is actually good for you!

#1.  Fighting Fatigue:  One common reason many find themselves feeling fatigued is due to dehydration.  Making sure that you are drinking enough water can be one key to having more energy.

#2.  Relieving Yourself Regularly:  It’s no secret that constipation can be a result of too little water in the diet.  Having a diet that includes adequate water can help you have regular and successful trips to the bathroom.

#3.  Weight Watching:  Studies show a link between drinking water and weight loss.  The thought is that regular water consumption can act as a natural appetite suppressant by helping you to feel fuller longer and take in less calories.

#4.  Clear Complexion:  While the scientific evidence is up for debate on whether or not water has “anti-aging” or wrinkle-free qualities, many of our elders swear by water as being the fountain of youth for their clear, shiny, glowing skin.  We do know that regular water drinking can help improve moisture throughout the body, why not allow it to help keep you from looking dry and ashy?

#5.  Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy:  Water also helps to keep these all-important organs functioning well.  As the filters for the human body, the kidneys need water to cleanse and rid your body of toxins.  One good way to tell if you are getting enough water….your urine should be a very pale yellow-clear color with little odor.

Everyone always wants to know how much water is enough water.  That’s also debatable and varies depending on age, muscle mass, and activity level.  Always check with your doctor, but a good rule of thumb for most to follow is to divide your body weight in pounds by 2 and drink that many ounces of water per day.  Therefore, if you are a 150-pound adult, try to aim for 75 ounces of water daily.

It’s a health thing…we’ve got to understand!

About the Doctors:

Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob are the founders of Urban Housecall, a multimedia health and wellness resource, and also hosts of the Urban Housecall Radio Show.  For more from the doctors, visit their website at www.urbanhousecall.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter @urbanhousecall!