7 science-backed ways your body changes when you drink enough water
You probably don’t need one more person telling you how important it is to drink enough water. Especially this time of year, we all know that staying hydrated is vital.
However, about 75 percent of us are walking through our days chronically dehydrated. Although the average adult needs approximately 64 ounces of water a day – or 8 8 oz. glasses – or more – almost none of us are drinking that much.
Here is some fodder for inspiration to help you stay committed to making sure you get your full daily water intake.
Your body on water
You won’t be constipated or bloated anymore
Did you know that constipation is one of the most common signs of dehydration? If you are not moving your bowels regularly or feel like you’re retaining water, it’s probably because you don’t have enough water in your body to help move things along.
When we don’t have enough water to process food, our colon takes its hydration from our stool. Without enough water, it becomes impossible for our bodies eliminate the foods we digest.
Additionally, constipation leads to other health problems and digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating and more. By simply drinking more water, we can avoid these issues.
Hello energy! You will feel physically and mentally energized
For many people, feeling tired is the first sign of dehydration. Why? When our cells and tissues don’t have enough water to function, our brain sends signals to our bodies to slow down. Just like a flower or plant that perks up with water, so to do our bodies.
Additionally, maintaining the right balance of electrolytes and liquids is crucial for the cells that make up our muscles to function. When our muscles don’t get the hydration they need, they shrivel, causing muscle fatigue. Drinking enough water hydrates your muscles and helps them perform at their highest level.
Losing weight will be a whole lot easier
Ever wonder why you feel a craving for anything sugary that’s stocked in the vending machine around 3 p.m.?
Often our bodies mistake thirst for hunger. So although you may not be hungry, you may be tired and dehydrated. Try curtailing the 3 p.m. slump by drinking lots of water at lunchtime and throughout the day. Pack an extra bottle of infused water for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Over time, turning to water rather than sweets will become a habit, in turn, cutting out hundreds of empty calories each week.
By drinking more water you will also boost your metabolism, which will speed up how quickly your body processes caloric intake and, in turn, help you reach or maintain your weight goals.
You’ll reap the benefits of a cleans without going on a cleanse
If you’re not the cleansing type – or have tried them and like them about as much as getting a root canal – here’s some good news: our bodies cleanse themselves.
It is our kidneys’ job to process toxins out of our blood and then eliminate them through urination. However, without proper hydration, it makes our kidneys’ job that much harder. Drinking plenty of water aids our kidneys in cleansing our blood and flushing toxins.
So next time, skip that broccoli and ice cube diet and continue to nourish your body with plenty of whole foods. Just be sure to drink enough water, too.
Our skin is our largest organ and, just like every other part of our bodies, is made up of cells. And skin cells, like other cells, are made up of water. Without water, our skin turns tight, dry and flaky and is more prone to wrinkling.
Keeping our skin hydrated with moisturizers and oils helps, but the single best way to ensure our skin cells get the hydration they need is to nourish them from the inside out. Drinking more water will help repress acne, lighten sunken eyes and under eye circles and prevent wrinkles and aging.
Additionally, studies show that drinking more water can make your nails stronger, reduce hair loss, improve your hair texture and more.
You will feel happier, be able to concentrate and will stop forgetting things
Our brains are made up of 75 percent water. When we are dehydrated, we have lower blood flow in our brains, which means that they also receive less oxygen. As dehydration worsens, cognitive function also decreases. Coupled with other symptoms of dehydration, such as headaches and irritability, and not drinking enough water can take a serious toll on our mental health.
Alternatively, when we are well hydrated, we experience fewer headaches and are better able to concentrate and boost our mental performance throughout the day.
This one essential hydration hack will help you drink more water
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Do you drink enough water?
Do you drink enough water? How has it helped you, and what are some of your favorite hacks for drinking more water? Let us know in the comments below.