Top 15 Benefits of Drinking Water

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Top 15 Benefits of Drinking Water
It is well-known fact that water is an essential part to a healthy life.  It has many physical, emotional, and mental benefits. Some benefits are well known by the general public, others not so much. We have compiled a list of the top 15 ways water improves your life;

1. Energy Boost

This is one of the most well-known benefits of water. Dehydration leaves you feeling drained and fatigued. Drinking enough water to keep you well-hydrated will help you to maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Remember, the more energy you are exerting, the more water you should drink. Make sure to make regular hydration a part of your workout routine. Not only will you feel better, but you will also be able to push yourself harder, getting the best workout possible.

2. Weight Loss (Calorie Control)

Although drinking water does not necessarily cause weight loss, it is definitely connected to it. For one, it helps to control your appetite. Keri Peterson, a New York-based physician, suggests having a glass of water before giving into your craving for a midday snack. Chances are, thirty minutes later you will not be as hungry. Water is a great accessory to weight loss. Keeping properly hydrated at all times will cause you to eat less and could speed up the weight loss process.

3. Detoxification

Even partial dehydration puts stress on your system, which halts the detoxification process. In order to ensure that your body is constantly undergoing the detoxification process, drinking water is absolutely crucial. It will help your kidney to do its job. Detox waters are all the rage right now—and for good reason. Combining water with fruits and vegetables is an excellent and delicious way to clean out your system, helping you to look and feel refreshed and revived. Click here for a list of 10 top-rated detox water recipes.

4. Improves Skin Complexion

The bottom line is that your skin is an organ. It is made of cells, which are made up of water. Water is absolutely necessary in order for organs to function properly. Dehydration can cause your skin to look dry and flaky. It can also speed up the aging process. Water naturally fills wrinkles and plumps your skin helping you to look younger, longer. Splash your face with cold water before you apply your makeup. It will reduce the size of your pores, helping your makeup to go on smoothly, creating a flawless complexion.

5. Digestion Regularity

Drinking water helps to keep your bowel movements regular. By creating regularity, it will keep your gastrointestinal tract as healthy as possible. People who experience regularity are less likely to be obese, and less likely to get diseases such as colon cancer and diabetes! Drinking water will ensure you are healthy from the inside out!

6. Strengthens Immune System

Dr. Murad says “Eating colorful raw fruits and vegetables provides your cells structured water, the best form.” This type of water remains in the system long enough to hydrate and promote normal cell function. Normal cell function will keep your immune system strong. Incorporate foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and honeydew to help fight disease, especially during cold and flu season! Hopefully you also know that using warm water to wash your hands is an excellent way to prevent the spread of contagion!

7. Gets Rid of Headaches

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of headaches. Drink a class of water at the first sign of a headache, and take regular sips throughout the day. It is recommended that for headache relief, water be drank at room temperature. Cold water has been thought to make the headache worse for a short amount of time.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Muscle cramps can be seriously painful. Cramps in the legs (especially hamstrings) are the most common. Cramps occur because of skeletal and muscle fatigue. Keeping hydrated before, during, and after any activity will keep the muscles lubricated and reduce the amount of cramping. Keep a water bottle with you at all times during your workout to feel the benefits of constant hydration.

9. Saves You Money

Water is free! Even if you prefer not drink unfiltered tap water, bottled/purified water is still a fraction of the cost of your favorite soda/juice/latte. If you switch to an all-water drinking diet, you are guaranteed to save money, leaving you with the funds to do more of what you want to do!

10. Balance of Body Fluids

Your body is made of 60% water, according to WebMD. The proper balance of body fluids is important in order for proper digestion, absorption, and circulation to occur. You brain “communicates with your kidneys and tells [them] how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves.” It is important that you have enough water in your system in order for all of its processes to function properly.

11. Improves Cognitive Function

Psychology Today states that hydration may have a bigger influence on concentration and alertness than was previously thought. Studies show that dehydration may cause a decrease in concentration and alertness. Proper hydration is also connected to improved attention and memory. On top of that, sipping water is shown to temporarily reduce anxiety levels. Staying hydrated is an absolute must for students or anyone else who needs to stay focused for long periods of time.

12. Hangover Cure

Water is key to both preventing and treating the effects alcohol can have on your body. Because alcohol causes dehydration, it is important to constantly sip water on your night out in order to replace the fluids. You will be surprised at how great you feel the following morning. Although this is the most affective way to curb your hangover, sipping water in the morning after your late night can lessen your headache also, even if it’s a by just a small amount.

13. Soothing

A warm, candle-lit bath is one of the most relaxing ways to end your day. The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water can make you feel calm, safe and at-ease. For an even better bathtub experience, add some bath bombs to the water, or double-time with a facial mask. You can hydrate, calm, and refresh your skin all while renewing your mind!

14. Mood booster

Bad moods are often related to more than what is going on in your life at any time. Researchers at Tufts University have found that even mild dehydration is connected to feelings of anger, depression, and confusion. In order to preserve your pleasant mood as long as possible, make sure you stay hydrated, you won’t be sorry!

15. Lowers Stress

Water has been recognized for its calming effects for a many years. It is no wonder that so many people have sound machines, preset to the ocean waves or summer rainfall. These sounds have been known to aid in stress relief. More and more people are bringing water features into their house, because it enhances overall happiness and peace. Use the sound of water to rejuvenate your mind.

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