Hydration is beneficial to your overall health and well-being. However, many people do not consume enough water each day.
You are made up of 60% of water, which contributes to all major body functions. When you hydrate each day, you benefit from many factors, including weight loss and brain function.
Why else is water so significant? Here are eight reasons you should boost your hydration.
When implementing a weight loss plan, drinking water before meals should be part of it. You’ll want to incorporate hydration because it can help you feel full. Therefore, you consume fewer calories.
Researchers discovered that people who drank two glasses of water right before a meal consumed 22% less food than those who didn't drink water. Proper hydration is also key to losing weight because it boosts your metabolism. In addition, you recover faster from your workouts.
Your skin becomes vulnerable to breakouts and premature wrinkles with inadequate water intake. This factor remains true because the water supports collagen production, responsible for your skin’s elasticity. When you drink enough water, your skin cells will promote suppleness and reduce the effects of aging.
Ever notice how your head feels foggy? Dehydration contributes to this feeling. Drinking more water helps with memory, attention, and energy.
One reason for feeling foggy-headed is that you may have a low electrolyte balance. This part of your brain is paramount to maintaining optimal function. When you have low electrolytes, you can experience muscle weakness, confusion, and fatigue.
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, sluggish, and irritable? These symptoms could be a sign that you need to drink more water. Dehydration often contributes to low energy levels, nervousness, depression, and trouble thinking clearly.
When you’re dehydrated, this throws off the balance of dopamine and serotonin levels. In turn, your natural chemicals can increase the effects of depression and anxiety. One of the fastest cures to relieving stress is drinking a glass or two of water.
Besides drinking water to help you feel full, it also aids in meal digestion. This is because water can break down foods faster and absorb nutrients.
Your salivary glands produce mostly water. This bodily function is the start of the digestive process. So, drinking water ensures the breakdown of food and nutrients for efficient digestion.
Once the food is transported through the stomach and small intestines, most of the water and vitamins get absorbed. Afterward, your body can remove waste from your system through the kidneys.
In addition to aiding digestion and nutrient absorption, water can remove toxins from your body. While the water doesn’t cancel out the toxins, it helps the kidneys eliminate waste.
Water acts as a lubricant for your organs. So, drinking enough water works to flush toxins out of your system.
While water acts as a lubricant for organs, it also safeguards your joints’ lubrication. The synovial fluid is mostly water and reduces friction in the joint cartilage. Therefore, inadequate water intake can contribute to joint pain.
Hydration is essential for body temperature regulation. When you sweat during your workout, sweat is the body’s way of cooling down. However, it’s important to drink water every few minutes to produce sweat during exercise.
Drinking enough water can reduce your risk of overheating and dehydration.
The bottom line is that water plays an important role in your bodily functions. The best way to get started is by carrying a water bottle everywhere you go. If most days are spent at the office, try keeping a water bottle at your desk. That way, you won’t forget to drink whenever the need arises.
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