Staying hydrated with plenty of fluids throughout the day is important, especially during the warmer months. However, sometimes it can be a struggle to drink enough water or to stay away from sugary drinks.
Water is generally the best way to hydrate. The human body is approximately 70 percent water. Every cell and organ require water to function properly. Throughout the day, water is naturally removed by the body through sweat, urine, breathing and other ways. Therefore, daily water intake is needed to replace what is lost.
Drinking Water Benefit #1: Healthy Kidney Function
For kidney function, overhydration is better than dehydration because a healthy kidney can manage excess fluid more efficiently than a fluid deficit. Thus, thanks to the kidney’s dilution capability, drinking slightly more fluid than necessary is not harmful and, in healthy individuals, will not alter total body water content significantly.
Additionally, water has the potential to dissolve kidney stones. Drinking approximately 8-10 glasses of water daily can avoid kidney stone development by diluting the excess chemicals, minerals, and salts that contribute to stones formation.