1.INCREASES BRAIN POWER AND PROVIDES ENERGY
Need a mental boost? Next time you feel your mental performance diminish, skip the cup of coffee and drink some water.
One of water’s many benefits is an increase in brain power. Since your brain is made of 73% water, drinking it helps you think, focus, concentrate, and stay alert. As a result, your energy levels also improve.
According to research, it doesn’t take much to feel the impact of dehydration. “Being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills, as well as assessment of the subjective state.”
BSX Technologies lists four ways dehydration affects your brain:
1. Dehydration affects your mood.
2. Dehydration reduces your cognitive and motor skills.
3. Dehydration makes you more sensitive to pain.
4. Dehydration affects your memory.
If you begin to feel these dehydration symptoms, grab a glass of water.
2. PROMOTES HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AND WEIGHT LOSS
Your brain isn’t the only part of your body to feel the positive impact of staying hydrated.
Water aides in the removal of fat by-products and also helps you feel more full. Not only does this act as a natural appetite suppressant, but it can also improve your metabolism.
Research on water’s impact on your metabolic function is ongoing. But one thing is certain – you’re less likely to gain weight when you drink a couple glasses of water before a meal rather than eating the basket of bread.
3. FLUSH OUT TOXINS
You’ve probably heard the expression, “sweat it out.” Water consumption helps your body flush out waste through sweat and urination. This also prevents kidney stones and protects you from urinary tract infections.
Your body is able to naturally detoxify through the use of its lungs, liver, and kidneys. But sometimes we give it more than it can handle (i.e. holiday eating marathons or a few too many drinks over the weekend).
Consider toxins the boats floating through your body. Water is the river that floats those toxins out. Don’t let the water level drop or the toxins make get stuck and cause harm.
4. IMPROVES YOUR COMPLEXION
It’s understandable that if your body is composed of 60% water, dehydration will harm your skin.
As UW Health points out, your skin is an organ. And water is important for organ function. “If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.”
Drinking water is great for your skin. It helps to moisturize it, keep it soft, and removes wrinkles.
5. MAINTAINS REGULARITY
Being regular is the result of a healthy digestive system. And drinking water helps your body digest everything you eat.
According to Mayo Clinic, water helps break down food (so that your body can absorb the nutrients) and prevents constipation.
6. BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Want to know the easiest way to stay healthy during the cold and flu season? Drink more water!
One of the most common overlooked benefits of drinking water is a healthy immune system. And drinking water has been directly related to a stronger immune system.
According to Fit Day, water strengthens your immune system in two ways: First, it carries oxygen to your body’s cells, which results in properly functioning systems. And secondly (see the third point mentioned), it flushes harmful toxins from your body.