Why Water Matters So Much for Good Digestion

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young teenager drinking water after exercise.

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Ask a doctor for a cure to constipation and he might advise you to drink or take a laxative driven by a specific chemical. Ask a fitness trainer or dietitian what to do, and she may tell you to drink a lot more water. Both are telling you the same thing in a sense. The lower digestion system natural produces the final stage of digestion, preparing waste material for removal and removing water from it to maintain hydration in the body. However, some water is needed to keep the system moving and working properly. When the bowels are irritated, too much water is lost which results in commonly-felt symptoms of diarrhea, and that can lead to dehydration in a serious case. On the other hand, too much water drawn out and the lower bowels end up creating hard waste mass which can get stuck and cause constipation. So regular and ongoing water consumption is critical to keeping a system working. Laxatives do the same thing, drawing water into the bowels to loosen things up. So just go to the source and regularly take your proper amount of water every day. You’ll see some big positive changes in digestion as a result.


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