8 Not So Obvious Benefits of Drinking Water

1. It helps you have more energy

2. It helps you feel full

3. It aids in weight loss

4. It helps your skin look better

5. It helps in the gym

6. It aids with proper immune function

7. It is important for dental health

8. It is important for overall health and wellness

Tips for consuming more water

  • Use flavor enhancers. I already know some people will disagree with this and that is fine. The truth is, many people don’t drink water because they find it bland. Using those sugar-free flavor packs or things of that nature can help you drink more. If you are looking for a more natural option, try a squeeze of lemon or lime.
  • Eat your water. Well, not literally. Eat more foods that are rich in water content such as watermelon (who would’ve guessed?), cucumbers, spinach, broccoli, or tomatoes.
  • Replace other drinks with water. Since there is a physical limit on the amount of fluids we can comfortably consume, every time you consume something that isn’t water you are lowering the amount of water available to your body.
  • Use larger containers. One way you could do this is to change out your 20 ounce water bottle for a 32 ounce jug.
  • Keep water by your bed. I keep two bottles of water on my nightstand; one for before I go to bed and one for after I wake up. As you sleep, your body is repairing itself and needs plenty of water to do so. This helps to make sure you don’t wake up dehydrated.

How much water should you consume?

  • Check your urine color. Lighter urine generally, but not always, means higher levels of hydration while darker urine generally means lower levels of hydration. It should be noted however that this can be influenced by your diet and supplement use.
  • Listen to your body. Drink when you feel thirsty or before you think you will become thirsty. It has kept our species alive for thousands of years so it can’t be that bad.
  • Make a goal. You can also use some sort of arbitrary goal like 8 cups per day. If that works for you, more power to you!

References

  1. Harvard Medical School. Fight fatigue with fluids. No listed author. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/fight-fatigue-with-fluids
  2. Harvard University. Biological Roles of Water: Why is water necessary for life? Molly Sargen. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/uncategorized/2019/biological-roles-of-water-why-is-water-necessary-for-life/
  3. Medical News Today. Can water help you lose weight? Jennifer Huizen. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322296#six-reasons-why-drinking-water-may-help-you-lose-weight
  4. National Library of Medicine. Cardiovascular and metabolic responses to tap water ingestion in young humans: does the water temperature matter? Girona M., Grasser E.K., Dulloo A.G., Montani J.P. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24684853/
  5. University of Wisconsin — Madison. The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin. No listed author. https://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334
  6. Muscle and Fitness. 7 Facts You Need To Known About Hydration. Neil Hill. https://www.muscleandfitness.com/flexonline/flex-nutrition/7-facts-you-need-know-about-hydration/
  7. University of California, Irvine. Hydration for Immune System. Maggie Quinn. https://ssihi.uci.edu/tip/hydration-for-immune-system/
  8. Center for Disease Control. Water and Nutrition. No listed author. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/water-and-healthier-drinks.html
  9. American Dental Association. 4 Reasons Water Is the Best Beverage for Your Teeth. No listed author. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/water-best-beverage

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