Most of our body is made of water and it needs constant refreshing. But does drinking water help you sexually?
There are so many ways hydration supports your health including sexual health. A regular water routine is like a daily detox and will help you maintain optimal energy. Let’s take a closer look at the many ways staying hydrated can influence men’s and women’s sexual health as well as help keep everyone feeling fit and happy.
How does drinking water help you sexually?
Hydration is key to all physical performance, including those in the bedroom. Staying hydrated helps the body maintain balance by nourishing cells, tissues and joints. Among other things, it lubricates your joints and helps you move with ease and agility. This can have a positive impact on your moves in the bedroom but there are also ways hydration can directly impact sex drive and performance.
Dehydration can cause a loss of libido
One of the greatest ways dehydration impacts sexual health is by causing libido to lag. A lack of hydration can cause your body to release stress hormones. This can throw off your sex hormones and diminish sexual desire.
Dehydration and erectile dysfunction
You might be wondering, “Can dehydration cause erectile dysfunction?” The short answer is yes. The more hydrated you are, the more efficiently your blood can flow. The better your blood flow, the better your ability to achieve sexual arousal. Although mild dehydration may not seem like something that can ruin a romantic evening, even mild dehydration can be a cause of temporary ED.
In addition, don’t forget that semen is water-based. And without enough water, you quite literally can’t keep your juices flowing. So you can see how keeping hydrated is important to men’s sexual function in a number of ways.
If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, increasing water intake may help but you should also consult with your doctor to eliminate more serious causes of your sexual dysfunction.
For women, staying hydrated will help maintain vaginal health by keeping the skin of the vagina plump and the inside of the vagina lubricated. In addition, dehydration can cause itchiness and burning down there. So, ladies, vagina hydration adds extra incentive for drinking water.
Drink more water for a better orgasm
Some sex experts say that drinking water is the single most important thing for supporting sexual performance. In fact, hydration can improve your ability to reach climax. According to Patricia Johnson, co-author of Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, for women, in particular, staying hydrated can lead to stronger, better orgasms.
Hydrate to slow the signs of aging
Water boosts the health and beauty of your skin. It’s a sad fact that chronic dehydration can lead to premature wrinkles. In fact, according to beauty site Byrdie, drinking water is the dermatologists’ greatest “skincare secret.” And not only will hydrating yourself banish premature wrinkling, but it will also help your lips plump up to their most kissable softness.
The benefits of drinking water for overall health
Want to know what else is wonderful about water? It helps to cushion your brain, regulate body temperature and help you maintain proper blood pressure. It’s hard to believe that the world’s most abundant drink can benefit your health in so many ways but water is not only important to your path to becoming your most sexy, proper hydration is vital to your overall health.
There are many toxins in our environment. And every glass of refreshing water you drink to stay hydrated helps to flush toxins away. Detoxification is really that simple! And although isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about, water helps your kidneys do their job of filtering the liquids in your body. Without good hydration, you can develop kidney stones. It can also lead to kidney failure.
The link between water and weight loss
Hydration is a key aid to digestion. This is good for everyone but water has some added benefits for those looking to lose weight. Keeping hydrated with water can help you feel more satisfied at meals by filling the stomach and encouraging portion control.
Improved mood and cognition
One of the most remarkable ways staying hydrated will boost your overall health and your relationship with your sexual partner is by boosting brain health. According to the University of Connecticut Human Performance Laboratory, staying hydrated can improve mood. It can also prevent headaches and fatigue and it may even boost cognition.
How do you recognize dehydration?
Many symptoms of dehydration are easy to recognize. So if you experience any of the following, you know it’s time to reach for a glass of water.
- increased thirst
- dark, concentrated urine
How much water should you drink?
How much water is enough? You can hydrate with beverages other than water, such as coconut water, sports drinks and even orange juice or fruits like watermelon and pineapple but plain old H2O is the least expensive, most reliable and according to many experts, the best drink for hydration.
Of course, everybody is different. The amount of water you need varies by person and can be dependent on many factors including your sex, age, height, weight and activity level. It’s something you should discuss with your doctor if you feel unsure but if you’d like a general reference, the Mayo Clinic has a good guideline for how much water the average man and woman should consume for optimal hydration. It’s a great starting place for anyone concerned with how to keep your body hydrated.
There’s so much to love about water!
Edited by Delahna Flagg, PhD: This article was reviewed and additional research was provided by Center for Mind-Body Medicine certified practitioner and Eat Something Sexy Nutrition Director Delahna Flagg.
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