“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W. H. Auden
Research shows that staying hydrated is one of the healthiest habits you can adopt; and we’ve all heard of the daily recommended intake of 8-10 cups a day. But you may not be drinking enough water, and are probably missing out on all of its amazing benefits.
Here are the top 5 ways that drinking more water will change your life and your body:
1. Appetite Suppressant/Weight Loss
Drinking more water is a great way to suppress your appetite and cut down on unhealthy snacking. One study by the University of Illinois showed that by drinking 1-3 glasses of water more per day (8-24 oz), you can cut down approx 205 calories per day. Over the course of a month, that’s 1-2 pounds of weight loss without extra workouts or dieting!
2. Clearer and More Radiant Skin
Your skin relies on water to produce new cells which promotes healthy skin and that radiant glow. Water also adds plumpness and elasticity to your skin, which staves off wrinkles in the long run.
3. Faster Muscle Recover
If you lead an active lifestyle, water will take your fitness and conditioning to the next level by promoting muscle recovery and decreases the risk of injury and cramps. On the performance side, a study showed that a mere 2% drop in hydration causes a decrease in your strength and motivation and increases fatigue. So drink up!
4. Improved Memory and Focus
Dehydration is one of the key predictors of decline in memory, mental performance, and focus. It’s estimated that 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration; that means 3 out of 4 of us are consistently compromising our brain functions and not working at our best.
5. Keep Immune and Digestive Systems Healthy
Drinking water keeps your kidneys and bowels healthy, promoting regular bowel movements and reducing likelihood of kidney stones. Better PH balance through drinking water also improves your immune system functions and helps keep those nasty colds and flus away!
Drinking enough water is definitely a habit you need to work towards. In case you, like us, need a bit of help, here is one of our secret weapons to help us get to clearer skin and a healthier body!