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22 Proven Ways Water Makes You Awesome

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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11. Gargling keeps you healthier.

A study that followed 400 participants during cold and flu season found that those who gargled water regularly were significantly less likely to contact upper respiratory infections and that when they did, their symptoms weren’t as severe. (Maybe it’s time to supplement that flu shot with funny throat noises!).

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12. Eating it hydrates us — deliciously.

Water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, and strawberries contain minerals, salts, and natural sugars the body needs for optimum hydration levels, so eating them can sometimes rehydrate us more effectively (and a lot more tastily) than water alone.

13. It balances our fluids.

About 60 percent of the human body is made of water, and keeping our fluids balanced means that all that water is doing its job — transporting nutrients, aiding digestion, regulating temperature, and so on.

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14. When frozen, it provides pain and swelling relief for soft tissue injuries.

Ice has been shown to be an effective short-term therapy for sprains and strains. Cold packs reduce blood flow and swelling in the affected area and also treat pain [3].

15. Spending time in cold water is good for athletes.

Studies show that immersion in cold water is beneficial for sustained athletic performance in the heat, and for treating muscle damage after exercise.

On hot days, immersion in cold water can keep body temperatures level and blood flowing.

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16. A warm footbath before bed could help you sleep.

One small study found that adults with sleeping problems experienced better sleep and less wakefulness on nights they received a warm water foot bath before going to bed.

17. It’s been linked to heart health.

Can drinking water keep us heart healthy?

There seems to be a link between risk of death from coronary heart disease and water intake: Research has shown both that consuming more water means a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease and that risk of death rises when intake of “high-energy fluids” (like soda and juice) increases.

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