Why do I need water in my diet?

Water is an important part of the diet for several reasons. Some of the functions that drinking water provides in the body include avoiding dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, helping regulate temperature, lubricating/cushioning joints and helping to get rid of waste products through urination, stool and perspiration. There have also been some nutrition studies that show that people who drink water before eating tend to consume fewer calories during mealtimes. And water can be a good substitute for satisfying thirst while avoiding the high calories that are in sugary drinks like soda and juices.

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