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We’re not drinking enough good old fashioned pure water these days. We’re addicted to coffee (which one moment is good for us, the next it’s not) and even when (some of us) workout, we typically reach for the sports skake or the energy drink.
Even those who consider themselves health enthusiasts would rather reach for the gently flavored vitamin water over a pure cup of H20.
However, the are a surprisingly large amount of benefits to drinking water, and some of them we bet you’ve never heard of!
The fact is, the health benefits of drinking plenty of water are literally limitless, because it’s what we’re made of, so we’ve tried to narrow them down to just the top 10 health benefits of drinking water:
- Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight in more ways than one. By suppressing your appetite in the first place, drinking plenty of water can stop cravings. It also rids the system of the by-products of fat breakdown. Water can help control calories and of course, replacing a 400 calorie coffee with zero calorie water can only be of benefit.
- Natural cure for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Dehydration is the most common cause of headaches.
- Clearer Skin: Water is one of the best cures for acne; it flushes out impurities and toxins removing the need for the body to push them out via the skin, leaving your face clean and clear. If anti aging is what you are after then drinking water can help you to look younger. It aids in replenishing skin tissues and is nature’s most natural face moisturizer. Dehydration causes the skin to stick closer to body tissue, and causes wrinkles and lines to appear deeper than they really are. Physique athletes such as bodybuilders dehydrate themselves before a posing show to get better definition and often look incredibly unwell as a result, so why would you want this for your skin? Water rectifies this making the face fuller, brighter and glow with radiance by increasing skin elasticity, increasing blood flow, and distributing toxins.
- Increased concentration: The main component of brain tissue is water, hence drinking water keeps you alert, focused and able to concentrate longer.
- Lowers Stress level and Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. With all of that gone, you feel fitter and more energized The less water in your body, the more your organs need to work. If your organs are exhausted then you’re going to be the same. 85% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, both your body and your mind will be stressed. Your mood will be much better.
- Maintain healthy Bowel Function: Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation. Stay regular with water. Along with fibre, water is essential for good digestion.Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract. If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your bowel motions dry and more difficult to pass. Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
- Exercise and strength ability: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle. Water helps the blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. Again, If you’re getting enough water, your organs don’t have to work as hard, here the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout your body. In fact, most nutritionists advise athletes to drink more water, and they often lift more in the gym as a result. Contrary to what most think drinking more water helps to define muscles and does not cause bloating. Drinking water also helps prevent muscle cramping.
- Improve Immune System: Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments because our immune systems are significantly weaker even at just 1% dehydration.
- Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Studies show that adequate drinking can reduce the risks of colon and bladder cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of toxic cancer-causing agents in the urine that sometimes line the bladder too much.
- Reduces the risk of kidney stones: Diluting the salts and minerals in your urine reduces the formation of kidney stones. The water soluble waste urea nitrogen is processed by the kidneys and excreted in the urine. Drinking water makes it a lot easier. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine is more concentrated due to the kidneys trying to reserve the water loss.
So, how much water should I drink?
Apparently it’s eight glasses of water a day, approximately 2 liters. Though I think this is an understatement, on some training days, I know guys who drink up to 10 litres a day, and they always feel great. Aim to keep a bottle on you, and always have a glass with every meal. Remember thirst is actually the first step in dehydration, and you should drink before this. Don’t wait to feel really thirsty before drinking water as this is medically considered late to be drinking.
Additionally, many feel that they’re hungry when in fact they are thirsty, which has become a common trait in first world countries, especially among snackers. Next time you get the urge to nibble, try having a glass of water before indulging, you’ll feel 100% better for it.