Water is as essential for human health as the air we breathe. Without an adequate intake, our bodies simply can’t perform at their best.
But whilst we already know that we should be drinking plenty of the crystal-clear stuff, in practice it can be a whole different matter.
Because when a friend offers you ‘a nice drink’, water is usually the very last thing to cross your mind. Or when you’re feeling in need of a quick pick-me-up, something strong and alcoholic is usually the order of the day. Not pure, reviving, refreshing, thirst-quenching water. It’s just not sexy enough, is it?
But I’m here today to give your opinion of water a bit of a makeover and show you how water can be sexy, powerful and utterly life changing. Here are the nine most exciting health benefits of drinking water.
1. Boosts Your Brainpower!
Considering that around 90% of our brains are composed of water, it’s no surprise that drinking more of the stuff will keep your grey matter working in tip-top shape. Numerous studies over the years have showed that a decrease in hydration will affect your memory, performance, attention and even motivation to achieve your best. Even a 1% decrease can result in lower levels of both physical and mental performance.
This was further demonstrated in a more recent study by the University of East London and the University of Westminster who showed that students who took water into their psychology exam increased their grades by around 10%. Sounds like great reason to drink more, if you ask me.
2. Provides An Instant Energy Boost
When it’s mid-afternoon, you’re wiped out and your energy tanks are empty, it’s all too easy to head to the coffee machine or munch on your favourite guilt-laden sugary snack instead. But there is a better option- crack open a bottle of water!
Even a slight decrease in hydration can impact upon your energy levels so it’s vital that you keep yourself topped up. You might not realise that when you feel like this, your blood will contain less water than ideally should. As a result, your heart has to work even harder than normal to get that oxygenated blood around your body to your tissues. Your body won’t work quite as efficiently so you feel tired, lethargic and low on energy.
3. Boosts Your Immune System
Forget upping your vitamin C intake in an attempt to beat cold and flu; experts say that drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective ways to boost your immune system for free!
Optimal hydration ensures that you’re producing enough lymph fluid. This is the stuff which is responsible for carrying your disease-fighting white blood cells and other immune cells and removing toxins from your body. Without enough of this powerful fluid, your immune system will be severely comprised and you could be the one battling every type of winter bug going around.
4. Eliminates Headaches And Migraines
Put those Neurofen away! Experts say that drinking more water could be the best secret to avoiding those nasty headaches and migraines without needing to turn to over-the-counter medication.
It comes down to the fact that the majority of headaches, migraines or even hangovers are triggered or worsened by a degree of dehydration, so knock back a glass or two and you’ll soon be back on your feet again.
5. Shifts Those Excess Pounds
The bad news is that water doesn’t contain some magic ingredient which will melt your fat away and leave you looking like Kate Moss. But the good news is that it really can help you lose weight and feel better about yourself once again.
Its powers lie in its abilities to raise your metabolism, fill up your tummy and provide a refreshing calorie-free alternative to other beverages. Many people mistake thirst for hunger, so shifting your focus to fluids instead could also help you stop mindless snacking and finally reach your ideal weight.
6. Flushes Out Your Toxins
Drinking enough water will also support your body’s detoxification process. You see, your body needs to deal with numerous internal and environmental toxins on a daily basis. These must be eliminated through your kidneys (as pee) and your sweat glands (as erm…sweat) in order to keep disease at bay. But without sufficient water, this just can’t happen as it should, so you are more likely to fall prey to inflammation, kidney stones, UTIs and a whole host of 0ther health problems as a result. Nasty stuff!
7. Freshens Up Your Complexion
Want smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin? Drink more water! It will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, nourish your blood capillaries and actually improve your blood flow to your skin, bringing with it nourishment and vibrant health.
According to anecdotal evidence, adequate hydration could also help keep blemishes and acne at bay and keeping your glowing and looking much younger than your years. But bear in mind that water isn’t the elixir for eternal youth- you’ll need a good facial moisturiser and a miracle for that!
8. Helps Ease Constipation
If you’re suffering from constipation, your physician will immediately recommend that you up your water intake before doing anything else.
This is because water plays an essential role in the effective digestion of your food and your ability to fully absorb the nutrients that it contains. If you’re not drinking enough, your body will get it from your stools instead, leaving them hard, dry and difficult to pass. Drink more and you will soon be able to ‘go’ with ease!
9. Beats Low Mood And Depression
Did you know that your mood can be severely affected when you don’t drink enough? Research at the University of Connecticut revealed that there is a strong relationship between dehydration and mood in young women.. You’ll be pleased to know that you can boost your mood just by increasing your daily intake of water to around 2.5 litres per day.
And when you’re drinking enough, you’ll be bursting with energy, glowing with health and full of the joys of spring so, naturally, low moods should be practically out of the question anyway.
So if you’re looking for a powerful and effective way to start performing at your mental and physical best, keep illness at bay, enjoy more energy, lose weight and shift those debilitating migraines, drinking water is your best bet. It’s free, refreshing and comes straight you’re your tap. What could be better than that?
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