Are you drinking enough water?
There was a time when I would never drink plain water – I just didn’t like the taste of it. I got most of my hydration from fruit juice, milk and pop. Yes, I was hydrated, but I don’t think that was the best way to do it (too much sugar)! Well those days are behind me and I try my best to drink plain water whenever I am thirsty, but there are still days when I don’t drink enough and my body feels it. I don’t have enough energy and my digestion suffers.
So why do we need to drink water and why is hydration so important? It’s vital for our bodies to run properly, but we all know that. But did you know that your energy levels, your metabolism and your digestive system also depend on how hydrated you are?
Here are three science-backed reasons for you to start drinking more water.
Reason No.1: You’ll feel less tired.
In a study that came out in 2014 , researchers found that drinking more water was associated with less fatigue.
So if you’re feeling tired often for no apparent reason, it might be worthwhile to try increasing your water intake. In the study, the participants were initially drinking 1 L per day and they increased it to 2.5 L per day. That is roughly 8 glasses of water a day. It’s not that much, especially if you space it out throughout the day!
Reason No.2: You could lose weight faster.
Drinking more water could help you lose weight (or maintain it if you’re not looking to lose weight 🙂 ). How does it do that?
- Drinking water increases the number of calories you burn by boosting your metabolism . A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism  found that drinking water (about 17 oz.) increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women.
- Drinking water before a meal can reduce your appetite, so you’re less likely to overeat. In some studies, drinking water before a meal has been shown to reduce body weight [4, 5].
If you’re trying to lose weight, water might help, but it obviously isn’t the “miracle solution”.
Try to space our your water consumption throughout the day, so you can keep up your metabolism up all day. Note: If you plan to drink water before a meal, try to have room temperature water 15 minutes beforehand instead of ice-cold water – it’s easier on your digestive system.
Reason No.3: No more constipation!
Are you constipated? It could be your low water intake. Several studies have linked low water consumption with constipation. Increasing your water intake can be an effective way to deal with the issue [6, 7, 8, 9]. It doesn’t have to be plain water – even carbonated water works!
Space out your water intake and eat more fiber during your meals and you should see some improvement in the poop department 😉 .
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