It’s summer, temperatures are getting higher than ever before, and we sweat even with the AC on. Now is the time to fill up your bottle and drink water.
More than half of your body is made up of water: around 60%. It’s easy to forget to drink, or chug in sodas or energy drinks instead of simple water. However, being dehydrated can have serious consequences on your health in the long term.
The recommended amount of water per adult per day is at least 3L. However, you should take into consideration the temperature outside, how much you exercise, how much you sweat. If it’s hot outside – like it is nowadays- or if you exercise, you should drink even more water.
Try not to wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated!
Also, if you forget to drink during the day and you decide to chug 2L of water at once, you won’t get the benefits. Your body can process so much at once, and most of the water you drink will go straight into your toilet bowl. Instead, drink small amounts regularly.
Drinking enough water had many health benefits. We’ve compiled the 15 most interesting in this blog post.
1. Weight loss
Sometimes, your brain will mistake thirst for hunger and you can end up eating more than you should. Drinking water fills up your tummy, reduces the feeling of hunger, and boosts your metabolism. Your body needs water to function properly and burn calories.
When you don’t drink enough water, it switches to survival mode and begins to store water: this is called fluid retention.
Do you want youthful, glowing skin? Water moisturizes and keeps your skin soft, glowing and smooth. It also helps getting rid of wrinkles. It happens to be more effective and far less expensive that any skin-care product you see on TV.
3. Muscle efficiency
You need water to move and flex your muscles. If you are dehydrated your muscles will not have sufficient electrolytes and they will cramp. Muscle strength and control also depend on water. It is essential that you stay hydrated to experience optimal performance.
A study found that people who drank more water had less mood swing and were happier overall. It’s worth a try!
5. Temperature control
Water allows your body to release heat when ambient temperature is higher than your body’s. This is when you begin to sweat. The evaporation of water from the skin surface cools the body down. If you don’t drink enough, you won’t sweat sufficiently, therefore you will be more likely to overheat.
6. Memory and concentration
Our brain is made up of approximately 85% water, so think about it. Just like a dried out sponge, your brain will literally shrink if you don’t drink enough!
Synovial fluid contains water. If you are dehydrated, less synovial fluid is available to protect the joints. This can be dangerous to athletes who put great stresses on their joints.
8. Bowel functions
Dehydration is one of the most common cause of chronic constipation. If you don’t have enough water in your body already, the large intestine soaks up water from your food waste. You’ll then have hard stools that are difficult to pass. Water also keeps your intestines flexible and smooth.
Drinking water during or after a meal aids with digestion. It helps break down foods so that your body can absorb all the nutrients.
10. Immune system
Water helps to carry oxygen to your body cells, which results in properly functioning systems. Lymph, a fluid that is part of your immune system which helps you fight off illnesses, is also made up of water.
11. Flushes out toxins
Your kidneys need water to be able to function. Water flushes out toxins through your kidneys.
12. Cardiovascular health
Chronic dehydration is a significant contributor to the onset of heart disease. Dehydration contributes to high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, the two main factors of heart disease. When your body is well hydrated, your blood is about 94 percent water. When dehydrated however, especially over a long period of time, the blood becomes thicker, which causes resistance to blood flow and raises blood pressure. Moreover, when you’re dehydrated, your body will increase the production of cholesterol to prevent further water loss from the cells.
13. Bad breath/ dry mouth prevention
Drinking water helps washing away food particles and bacteria, thus preventing unwanted odour.
14. Fights fatigue
Dehydration can take a toll on your motivation. As little as 3 percent or more loss of body weight due to dehydration can cause as much as a 10 percent drop in performance level.
15. Prevents headache
Sometimes, the best medicine against headaches is a couple glasses of water. Most of the time, it’s not the paracetamol that helps, but the glass of water that goes with it. So next time your head hurts, drink a glass of water or two. If it doesn’t pass in the next 30 minutes or so, then you can take an Advil.
Do you drink enough water? How much do you drink in a day? Do you feel any different when you don’t drink enough? Do you have tips to remember to drink water regularly? Let us know in the comments below!