If you haven’t heard this line enough already back in science class, you’re about to hear it again–water makes up 60% of the human body. It is essential that we focus on hydration because our cells and organs need ALL that water to function well. It’s really not a surprise if you feel less energetic or functional when you’re thirsty, which is actually already a sign of dehydration.
For some, drinking water may be as hard as going on a diet or even just getting up in the morning. If you’re one of those people, you might not be well aware of the benefits that H2O has on your body and how getting enough of it improves your overall health.
What happens when you drink at least 2 liters (67.63 Fl oz) of water per day? Here are a few of the many:
- Water promotes weight loss. It helps suppress appetite and promotes the breakdown of fat cells. Before eating, try drinking water first. You might just be thirsty.
- Water improves digestion. It helps break down food and promotes bowel movement, keeping your digestion running smoothly. Combat constipation and commit to hydration!
- Water increases energy. Dehydration can make you feel tired and fatigued, so staying hydrated makes you feel the opposite, of course. Throw away those energy drinks because water can wake you up and make you feel better!
- Water keeps the kidneys in tip-top shape. It prevents kidney stones from forming and helps flush out bacteria through the urine and sweat you produce. You’d want to avoid urinary tract infections as much as possible, right? (It’d hurt!)
- Water treats headaches. The nerves in the brain send pain signals when there is a loss of electrolytes from the decrease of blood volume caused by dehydration. Before you take that pain reliever, go natural with water first.
- Moisturizes skin. Water plumps up the skin and makes it more elastic, making it less likely to crack and even minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and pores. Your skincare regime wouldn’t be complete without the agua.
It’s not easy to gulp down the recommended minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which is about 2 liters or 67.63 Fl oz (this amount depends on your weight, lifestyle, and even the weather, so it’s best you find out how much you should be drinking), but there are some ways you can help yourself stay on track with hydrating.
It’s not the tastiest drink (well, it’s actually tasteless; that makes more sense), and it’s pretty normal to want to choose other drinks over water, but knowing its many benefits could lessen the burden of choosing. You've tried keeping up with the Kardashians; how about keeping up with hydration? After all, it has a lot of benefits that will make you look and feel like a million dollars in no time!