Water keeps us hydrated, healthy, and energized but did you know there are other benefits to water? Our friends over at Young & Free Alberta shared an article a few weeks ago that had some good info on H20. Check out these 5 need to know facts about water that will help you with your overall health and wellness!
Drinking Water Keeps You Young
Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don't drink enough water, you'll suffer from dry skin. Water helps you and your skin by:
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- If you don't drink enough water, your body will try to retain it in order to conserve resources
- This retention makes your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating
Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
There's a reason why athletes and highly active people drink so much water! When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don't need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation. If you're not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. PLUS:
- Water suppresses your appetite
- Drinking plenty of water also prevents fluid retention
- Water also helps your body burn stored fat
Drinking Water Helps You Build Muscle
Plenty of water running through your body makes your muscles stronger!
- Water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles
- Water enables muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired
Drinking Water Makes You Smarter
Drinking water can increase your cognitive and nerve function.
- The brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels
- H20 ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs
- 8-10 cups per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%
- Water ensures the body's electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain to the rest of the body
Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints
One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated.
- Joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible
- Water helps your joints by ensuring your movements are smooth and pain free
The best part of water? It’s FREE so there should be no excuse not to drink up! Aim to drink about 64 oz. per day. It may sound like a lot but it's only 8 cups (1 cup = 8 oz.) It's also the same amount of two Nalegene water bottles per day.