There’s a reason you’ve heard that you should drink water a million times. Drinking enough water can have a major effect on your health and wellbeing. It keeps you feeling well, looking good and makes sure that all the processes in your body run smoothly. Here are just a few things that will happen to your body if you drink the right amount of water every day.
1. You will have more energy
Lots of people reach for coffee or energy drinks when they feel sleepy, tired, or feel the approach of that dreaded mid-afternoon slump. But the thing is, water might just do the trick. A lot of the time feeling tired goes hand in hand with dehydration, and while coffee or an energy drink will make you feel jittery for an hour or two, it won’t fix the problem. Those things will only dehydrate you further and make you feel even worse once their effect peters out. Next time you feel like reaching for coffee in the middle of the day – try a big glass of cold water.
2. You will boost your metabolism
Studies show that drinking just 0.5 liters of water can boost your metabolism by 30%. That’s a pretty significant boost if you ask me. Not only can that have a positive effect on weight loss (if that’s what you’re looking for), but it’ll also make your digestive system work better.
3. Your skin will look better
When you’re dehydrated your skin looks dry, dull, and scaly. If you have wrinkles – they only become more apparent and deeper the more dehydrated you get. Drinking enough water every day will make your skin look brighter, plumper, clearer, and just generally give you a more youthful appearance. Drinking enough water can also help clear up any skin inflammation or zits on your face. There’s a reason you always see photos of celebs holding a bottle of water, it’s their little secret of a perfect complexion.
4. You will be more focused
Our brains need water to function properly, so drinking the right amount of water on the daily can literally make your brain work better. Those who drink enough water are able to focus on the task at hand easier and in general feel like they can think more clearly. Being even slightly dehydrated can have an effect on your cognitive functions, so drink up to improve your memory, focus, and creativity.
5. You will flush out toxins better
Detox diets and supplements are a myth, we already have a perfect built-in way of flushing toxins out of our body – our kidneys. And all they really need to work properly is enough water. The more hydrated you are, the better they work.
6. You’ll be less bloated
You’ve probably heard the myth that water makes you bloated, but that’s simply not true. Bloating and puffiness are actually a sign of dehydration because your body tries to store water when you don’t drink enough of it. In fact, drinking enough water can make you flush the excess water out of your body and make you less bloated, less puffy, and appear slimmer.
7. You will feel less hungry
If you’re one of those people who feels like they snack all the time and constantly overeats, the issue might be in not drinking enough water. In fact, people often confuse thirst with hunger. Drinking enough water throughout the day will make you less hungry. Next time you find yourself in the kitchen between meals, try going for a glass of water first.
8. Your workouts will be more effective
There’s a reason you always see people chugging water at the gym. First of all, you’ve gotta replenish all that water you’ve lost by sweating, but also, drinking water during your workout helps your body turn carbs into energy. Proper hydration will also make sure that your muscles work better.
9. You will deal with less pain in your life
Dehydration can cause headaches, migraines, stiff joints, muscle cramps, and a lot of other bodily discomforts. Drinking the right amount of water on a daily basis will help you avoid all of that pain. Also, next time you have a headache or feel like your body is all stiff after the gym – hydrate, it will actually help.