Tabloids these days are filled with advertisements for wonder drugs and miracle products that promise to provide all kinds of healthy benefits. Well, you need look no further than your local source of pure fresh water!

Here are seven healthy benefits you can receive just by drinking water:

1. Fuel Your Fire – Surprisingly, drinking more water helps rev up your metabolism, especially if the water is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water, burning a few extra calories in the process.

2. Boost Your Energy – Even mild dehydration can affect your brain, reducing your energy levels and mood, possibly leading to memory issues. So if you’re feeling drained, grab a glass of water. The right amount of water can help your heart pump blood more efficiently and can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells, giving a boost to your energy and concentration.

3. Lessen Your Stress – Because your brain tissue is composed of 70-80 percent water, your mind and body will feel stressed if you are dehydrated. When you realize you are thirsty, you are already a bit dehydrated, so keep water on hand to drink before you get thirsty.

4. Exercise Longer – Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and helps lubricate your joints. Water can also help your body properly regulate your temperature, especially during times of physical exertion. Staying well hydrated while you exercise can keep you working longer and stronger.

5. Nourish Your Skin – Drinking water hydrates your skin cells and plumps them up, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Water also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, giving your skin a healthy glow.

6. Maintain Regularity – Water, as well as fiber, is important for good digestion. Water helps dissolve waste particles so they pass smoothly through your digestive tract. If you don’t drink enough water, your body absorbs it before it can aid with digestion. This leaves your colon dry and makes it more difficult to pass waste.

7. Reduce Your Risk of Kidney Stones – Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that can form the solid crystals known as kidney stones. When you’re dehydrated, your risk of kidney stones increases. Drinking plenty of water dilutes the concentration of minerals and makes it less likely you’ll be the victim of this painful condition.

So, make sure you establish the habit of drinking plenty of water every day. Don’t rely on your sense of thirst to tell you when to drink. Drink before you are thirsty! We all realize it’s important to stay hydrated on the hot summer days, but water is important all year long. Also, beneficial is adding raw foods to your diet that are water-rich, such as melons, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, cherries, grapes and those ever-multiplying zucchini.

Water you waiting for? Drink up and drink often!

Water Warning: I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there is such a thing as drinking too much water! Drinking more water than your kidneys can get rid of can cause water retention and it can be dangerous if the balance between water and sodium in your blood is out of whack. So, use good sense and don't overdo it!

Please Note: All resources are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for the advice or treatment of a doctor or other licensed medical professional. Library staff and materials cannot be used to provide medical diagnoses or treatment advice.

Linda is the White River Branch Manager and leader of our staff wellness team. Staying healthy and keeping fit are keen interests of Linda. Her goal is to enable others to live a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition, physical fitness and a positive outlook, although (shhhhh) she does confess a weakness for potato chips and Cheetos! Join the conversation at

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