Growing up, you have been told many times that you should be drinking more water – it’s good for your health! But is it really that important? Short answer: Yes! It is recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses each day. Here are some evidence-based health benefits of drinking plenty of water.
Maximises physical performance
Your body tends to perspire more when you engage in vigorous exercise. Therefore, it is necessary to drink more water to replace the fluid lost in sweat. Staying hydrated can boost your athletic performance, reduce muscle fatigue and reduce the risk of injury.
Helps lose weight
Drinking water can speed up your weight loss process. Water can boost your body’s metabolic rate which is useful for burning calories, and it takes up space in your stomach so you feel fuller. In addition, water is also a liquid containing ‘zero’ calories compared to sugary water.
Keeps your brain sharp
Ever feel fuzzy-headed? Take a sip of water. Research shows that dehydration is a drag to memory, attention, and energy. Considering water makes up 75% of your brain, low electrolytes can cause issues including muscle weakness, fatigue and confusion. So, stay hydrated!
Keeps skin looking good
Dry and lifeless skin? You need to drink more water to keep your skin well hydrated and moisturised, which can slow the ageing process. Proper hydration helps your body to flush out toxins while improving your complexion for radiant, glowing skin.
Water helps break down food the food you eat, allowing its nutrients to be absorbed by your body. In the large intestine, water binds to soluble fibre to increase stool bulk, making it easier for you to eliminate waste.
Lubricates the joints
Water helps to keep your joints lubricated and flexible. A component of synovial fluid, water is necessary to help prevent joint friction. Staying properly hydrated also helps prevent or reduce the severity of gout flare-ups by flushing your body of harmful toxins and wastes.
We can stay alive without food for a few days but your body cannot last long without drinking water. Therefore, drink enough water to get 1,001 benefits while adopting a healthier lifestyle! Don’t forget to drink!