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Dr. David Hefner, Area Medical Director, MedExpress, offers his take on the benefits of staying hydrated and having access to safe, clean water.



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The benefits of drinking enough water throughout the day? This seems pretty obvious, right? Well, yes and no.

  • Yes because everyone kind of knows that staying hydrated is important in order to feel good and avoid headaches – stuff like that.
  • No because there are many more benefits to proper hydration (according to our experts), some of which we are convinced you weren’t aware of until now.

Also, to make everything a little more interesting, we asked our experts to give us their top three benefits of drinking enough water. This is how we received a multitude of different answers, which shows that varying focal points combined with years of experience lead to different emphases.

Question two covers tips that you can apply to ensure that the water you drink is clean and safe at all times.

So without further ado . . .

A Quick Analysis

Let’s break down this roundup real quick to give you an overview of our baseline and findings.

1. Experts

First, our experts: We convinced12 doctors, seven nutritionists, and five other health experts to participate.

2. Findings: Question I

Here is a statistical analysis of the 10 most common answers for our first question: "What are the top three health benefits of drinking enough water throughout the day?"

And we received even more different answers than that – interesting, isn’t it?

woman filling a water bottle

Of course, this does not mean that only a handful of our experts are right while all the others are wrong. In fact, due to the nature of our question, there really is no right or wrong here.

By the way, is there a difference between what only the doctors said versus the answers from our nutritionists & co.?

Looks quite similar. The biggest contrast was that the doctors weighted drinking enough water more important to prevent kidney damage. According to the other expert group, one of the top three benefits you get from proper hydration is cardiovascular health.

3. Findings: Question II

Second question: "Do you have a tip for people to apply so they can make sure that their water is clean and safe?"

Almost all experts said that you should be using a water filter if you are concerned about the quality of the water you are drinking. This also includes having your water tested and using a glass or stainless steel water bottle instead of plastic when you are on the go to avoid recontamination.

Boiling water was mentioned only once.

Over to the Experts

Dr. David Hefner – MedExpress

Question I: Top Three Health Benefits

woman with water bottle

1. I always remind my patients that when they drink the recommended amount of water per day – at least eight 8-ounce glasses – they’ll likely experience physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

2. People who drink plenty of water every day will feel physically stronger – whether they’re sitting at a desk all day or are hitting the pavement for a long run. That’s because proper hydration helps lubricate joints, which can keep you feeling fit and pain-free, no matter your activity.

3. Drinking water frequently throughout the day can benefit you mentally, too.

Dehydration can cause brain tissue to shrink, which can result in lack of focus, low energy and fogginess. But staying hydrated can help keep you focused for longer periods of time. You may also feel more energetic – in fact, feeling tired or drained is often the first sign of dehydration.

Sometimes when you’re dehydrated, you might experience mood swings and changes in emotion – for seemingly no reason. That’s because dehydration can often have neurological impacts that cause feelings of confusion, frustration, and more. Next time you catch yourself suddenly feeling irritable in a meeting, try getting back on track with a glass of water.

Question II: Tip(s) for Clean & Safe Water

woman pouring water into glass

I always tell my patients to talk to their water company representative. Water companies are required to monitor and report all possible contaminants that may affect the quality of the water they supply. As an added layer of protection, my family uses an in-home water filtration system. Some systems are in the form of a pitcher, while others attach directly to your sink nozzle. Some systems even protect the home as a whole.

When you’re out and about, I always prefer to opt for bottled water. To help eliminate plastic waste, carry around a reusable water bottle that you can fill up whenever you come across a filtered water fountain.

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