We’ve all heard it again and again… drink 8 glasses of water per day, but it’s not often that we hear why. No, it’s not a plot from the bottled water industry — there’s proven benefits of drinking water that help you not only feel better, but look great as well! Read on to learn how…
It Burns More Fat
If you want to lose weight, drinking more water can help you to burn more fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism indicated that your body’s metabolism speeds up as much as 30% after drinking just 17 oz of water (about 2 glasses).
Have a few glasses of water 30 minutes before each of your meals and you’ll be much less likely to overeat. Try it, it works! Another study found that those who did this lost on average 9.48 pounds over just 12 weeks.
Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, it’s important not to get dehydrated as even a mild case of this will slow down your body’s metabolism. So, regardless of your goals — drink up!
It Prevents Headaches
While there can be a few different factors behind your headache, getting rid of it can sometimes be as simple as downing a couple of glasses of water.
Even mild dehydration can lead to headaches and studies have shown that drinking water can go even further than preventing headaches; it may even be able to stop debilitating migraines.
A study published in the European Journal of Neurology showed that those who suffer from migraines who increased their daily water intake by 1.5 liters reported 21 less hours of pain over the next 2 weeks, in comparison to those in the study who didn’t.
It Makes You Smarter
Dehydration can affect how well your brain functions and this is yet another reason to drink more water. Your short term memory is likely to suffer and your longer term recall skills may also reduce.
Making sure that you get enough water during the day allows your brain to function at its best. Drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water daily leads to increases of your cognitive function by up to 30%. Think of how much that would help during your next test or meeting!
It Improves Your Mood
Dehydration doesn’t just impact your energy levels and cognitive function, it also affects your state of mind. Even with people who generally consider themselves to be fit and healthy, just being a bit below adequately hydrated will have a negative effect on your mood.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition indicated that being dehydrated is linked to mood as well. The women who participated in the study were only slightly dehydrated but still reported trouble concentrating and difficulty completing tasks, in addition to lower mood.
So if you’re feeling frustrated with your work, a glass of water may actually be all you need!
It Helps Digestion
Not drinking enough water can result in constipation as your body pulls water away from your colon in a bid to hydrate itself. The end result is hard stools that are difficult to pass and irregular bowel movements.
Adequate hydration can prevent this and helps your digestive system to function effectively. If you find yourself suffering from constipation even on a fairly infrequent basis, ensure that you’re drinking plenty of water each and every day and there’s a good chance it’ll solve the issue.
It Can Prevent Kidney Stones
If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to get kidney stones, you’ll know just how painful they can be! And you’ll also be pleased to know that one study has suggested you may be able to prevent them from reoccurring if you drink plenty of water.
Drinking plenty of water is thought to protect against the buildup of mineral “crystals” in the urinary tract that could develop into kidney stones. It’s believed that it dilutes the acidity of your urine which also reduces how concentrated the minerals are, meaning they’re less likely to form crystals.
Now, let’s see… we’ve got better health, better mood and brain function, and oh yeah — WEIGHT LOSS. What’s not to like? Go grab a water!
Oh and if you’ve got a friend that’s always crabby, try pinning this article and maybe they’ll take the hint and start drinking their water too. 😉