Drinking more water is a basic necessity, needed to maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and a good balance within your tissues.
About 60 percent of your body is made of water, and you must constantly refill the supply, as it’s used continuously in the processes of life. Many people fail to drink more water, they even fail to drink enough of it. It’s recommended to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
You don’t need to force that much down, but try to drink as much as you can, and more than you think you need. If you adhere to this rule you will find out the countless perks of drinking enough water. Some of them are presented in the text bellow.
Boosts brainpower and increases energy
Since your brain is mostly water (around 75%), drinking a glass of it helps you think, focus, concentrate better and be refresh and proactive. As an and result, your energy levels are also increased!
Improves your mood
When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy! You don’t even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: Even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact on the mood. So, drink water as much as you can, of course, don’t go too far with it.
Strengthens immune system
Drinking plenty of water helps fight against cold, flu, cancer and other illnesses like heart attacks. Water may come to the aid of dehydration, helping the body to recover when feeling under the weather. And who wouldn’t choose to feel healthy the majority of the time?
Makes toxins disappear
Gets rid of the toxins through sweat and urination which further reduces the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acnes.
Enhances skin complexion
Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir!
Aids weight loss
Forget other diet tricks and stay focused on water. As a zero calorie product, drinking plenty of water reduces eating intake, reduces hunger and raises your metabolism.
Maximizes Physical Performance
If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer. This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat. Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to lose up to 6-10% of their water weight through sweat. This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally. So, if you exercise intensely and tend to sweat, then staying hydrated can help you perform at your best.
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Prevents Cramps and Sprains
Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely. A little water can really go a long way. If the body is dehydrated, aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can easily occur. Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.
Helps in overcoming hangover
If you overdrink, the best cure for hangover is a glass of water which hydrates the body and stops that unbearable headache. Similar to that, water helps relieve and prevent headaches which are commonly caused by dehydration.
Water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body. Let’s drink to that awesome perk!
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Everybody knows that water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled water, it’s still cheaper than that high sugar soda and fat-filled latte! So put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. As you can see the benefits really are endless.
Make a Plan for Drinking More Water
The amount of water people need to drink daily is up for debate, but as we mentioned previously, studies suggest adults need at least 8-ounce glasses of it. However this number varies depending on activity level, age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or water-rich veggies and fruit.
This is one way to keep yourself hydrated: Start the day by drinking at least one glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. (This will help you to control your appetite, because you won’t feel hunger). Get in the habit of keeping a bottle of water with you all the time. If you don’t like the taste of… nothing, then you can add a squeeze of lemon, lime or citrus a few leaves of fresh mint or orange slice. What ever it takes to drink it up.
Just remember: Drinking too much water can be equally as dangerous as not drinking enough. So, with the help of this plan you will get nothing but the benefits of drinking water. It’s definitely worth trying immediately.
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