10 Surprising Ways Drinking Water Can Improve Your Health
You’ve probably heard it all: “Have 8 tall glasses of water a day”, “Don’t drink water immediately after food”, or “Sit, don’t stand when you’re drinking water”. Well, as simplistic as it may seem, this is in fact, the magic elixir that can change your life.
Let’s start with 5 facts about water you probably already know:
1) Drinking sufficient water supports weight loss
An all-natural appetite suppressant, having a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal will fill you up and prevent you from overeating.
2) It aids digestion…
…and reduces constipation. Nutritious high-fibre food supported by adequate hydration is key when it comes to maintaining the health of your gastrointestinal tract. It helps flush toxins and keeps the waste moving which regulates bowel movements.
3) It improves skin health
Your skin is a reflection of your health. A common side-effect of dehydration is dry, flaky skin that looks sallow and wrinkles easily. Water can detox and also hydrate the biggest organ in your body, which is actually your skin.
4) It improves athletic performance
When you exercise, your body loses a lot of water through sweat—sometimes even up to 6% if you’re performing high-intensity workouts. This alters the body temperature and the heating up is what leads to a feeling of fatigue, and sometimes even dizziness and nausea. Drinking adequate water can help you exercise for longer periods and even reduce oxidative stress on the muscles.
5) It prevents hangovers
For every drink have a glass of water and have a good 300ml before you hit the bed. While this isn’t a cure for hangovers, it can drastically reduce the ill-effects of alcohol consumption. Increased thirst, headache, constipation and fatigue are all common symptoms of hangovers that arise out of dehydration caused by the diuretic nature of alcohol.
Now, let’s look at 5 facts about water you probably didn’t know:
6) It improves brain function
Cognitive stress in the form of poor concentration, irritability, mood swings, headaches and feeling lethargic or overtired are common when you’re dehydrated. Adequate water intake can contribute to feeling upbeat, alert and energised, all of which lead to rational thinking and better decision making.
7) Helps reducing the risk of kidney stones
Lack of H20 can result in crystallisation of mineral toxins which clump up to form kidney stones. It helps in breaking them down and excrete them through the urinary passage.
8) Regulates blood sugar
Its role in flushing out toxins makes it a channel to also flush the excess sugar out of your blood stream through your urine. It’s very beneficial for those with high blood sugar to stay adequately hydrated.
9) It improves dental health
Ever notice how your morning breath, or even your breath after an intense workout is rank? Bad breath is one of the first signs of lack of hydration. Simply replacing your sugary drinks and drinking water after food or as soon as you wake up can improve dental health and help prevent tooth decay.
10) Is good for your joints
Synovial fluid is responsible for lubricating the cartilage that supports your joints. Drinking adequate water helps stimulate this fluid which can also reduce inflammation in the joints.
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