We can all agree that the benefits of drinking water is fairly obvious. You simply couldn’t survive without it. This doesn’t make it easy though, many of us know we should drink more water but we don’t
Here are 10 reasons why you should make drinking more water your top priority…
1. Promotes weight loss
Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
2. Water is a natural wrinkle-buster
According to a recent study, almost 1 in 5 women who drank 1.5 litres of water per day saw a reduction in wrinkles after 6 weeks without making any other changes to their diet. As well as wrinkle-busting, it’s said to give us sparkly eyes, clear our skin of spots and make us look glowing and healthy.
3. Water stops headaches and dizziness
Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
4. Water clears your skin
Good to clear skin and it also helps relieve the symptoms of acne. If you’ve got dry skin, drinking water will give it more moisture but that’s not all. Water flushes toxins out of your body and anything else that shouldn’t be there so it clears your skin of any dirt and bacteria.
5. It fights infections
Helps fight infections all over your body, not only because it flushes out toxins but because being dehydrated makes you more likely to catch a bug. It’s especially good for getting rid of and preventing urine infections and kidney stones. Being well hydrated is also great for allergies and colds, because it clears the airways. Drinking more water even reduces cold sores because they tend to pop up in places where your skin is particularly dry.
6. It keeps you regular
If you suffer from constipation or piles you might have been told to increase how much fibre you eat. This is definitely one way of getting rid of the problem but you’ll need to drink more water for the fibre to work properly. Otherwise it could have the opposite effect and make you worse.
7. It makes you exercise better
It’s common sense to replace the fluids you lose when you sweat with water, but what might not be obvious is that your body works better and harder during your workout if you drink water.
8. It improves concentration
The brain is made of around 85% water, dehydration can affect concentration and even short-term memory. It has a particularly strong effect on your maths skills and it’s all because lack of water causes your brain’s energy levels to decrease.
9. It boosts your energy
In the same way that not drinking enough water makes your brain slow down it has the same effect on your body. For example, your muscles are around 75% water, your bones are about 22% and your blood is around 83%. When dehydrated, all these body parts don’t work as well as they should meaning you lack energy and feel tired or lazy.
10. It supports your heart
The hardest working muscle of all needs a lot of water to keep it going at full speed. When dehydrated your blood gets thicker so the heart has to work even harder. And if your heart is weak it can lead to more serious heart problems later in life. A study by Eden found that drinking more than five glasses of water a day could cut your chances of having a heart attack by 41%, compared with people who drank less than two glasses a day.