8 Benefits of Drinking Water
Approximately 70% of our body is made up of water, and yet how many of us ensure we are properly hydrated. By the time we become thirsty we have already lost over 1% of our body’s total water. An average adult male should consume about 3 litres (about 13 cups) per day; whilst the average female should drink 2.2 litres (roughly 9 cups). Here’s 8 reasons why we should all be drinking plenty of water!
Benefits of Drinking Water
- It could aid weight loss.
Studies have found that when participants drink water before a meal, they lose weight faster than those who did not drink water. This is because extra water helps us eat less by making us feel full, and it may also boost our metabolism. It’s also possible that we often mistake thirst for hunger.
- It keeps our digestion in good working order.
Drinking enough water prevents constipation and also reduces the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush waste products. Water binds to fiber in the large intestine and increases the bulk of our stools, which promotes easier excretion. If we don’t drink enough water then the colon will draw water from the stools meaning we are more likely to become constipated.
- Adequate hydration may protect against some types of cancer.
Research has found that the greater the fluid intake, the lower the incidence of bladder cancer, with more significant results when the fluid is water. This is possibly because urinating more frequently prevents the build-up of bladder carcinogens. There are also suggestions that drinking water may lessen the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer.
- It can improve mood.
It has been shown that being even mildly dehydrated negatively impacts upon our mood.
- Drinking it may help prevent headaches, naturally.
Dehydration in some people may lead to headaches, and has been identified as a migraine trigger. Studies have shown that headaches may be eliminated within 30 minutes of drinking two cups of water.
- It keeps our kidneys working.
Our kidneys play a vital role in our body: removing waste from our bodies, in regulating our blood pressure, and balance fluids. Drinking plenty of water helps our kidneys perform to their best.
- It energizes us.
One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling fatigued. Being adequately hydrated is a great way to ensure our energy levels are good.
- It helps us stay alert and think clearly.
Dehydration can impair your attention span, memory, and motor skills. Drinking regularly throughout the day keeps us mentally sharp. Dehydration leads to shrinkage of brain tissue. This means our brain has to work a lot harder to perform at the same level. A study even found that students who brought water into tests performed better in their exams.