Benefits of Water

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Water makes up 85 percent of your brain and 80 percent of your blood. And drinking it is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the benefits of water in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every system in the body depends on water to function. It helps remove toxins and wastes from the body, regulates your body temperature, moves nutrients and oxygen through your body, and suppresses your appetite.

It also cushions your joints, hydrates your skin, prevents kidney stones and improves digestion and circulation. Not only does water help your body work better, it may also help prevent some diseases, such as colon cancer.

You should drink eight glasses of water a day or eat foods with a high water content, such as fruits and vegetables. Natural fruit juices, decaffeinated tea or milk work too. But drinks containing caffeine or alcohol dont count because they are actually dehydrating.

People with certain diseases such as congestive heart failure or kidney failure may have to limit their water intake, so be sure and check with your physician first. But for most of us, eight glasses a day may keep the doctor away.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.