These days healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle is all the rage. It has become something that is a popular topic throughout society with fitness brands and health food stores popping up all over the place.
However, there is one element that many people forget is just as important for you than your daily exercise, and that’s drinking water.
So we’re told to drink eight glasses of water per day. That’s the equivalent of two litres of water! But how many of us can honestly say we succeed?
During the day we get busy and distracted by our everyday lives. Whether it be working or taking care of the kids, rehydrating our systems can often be the last thing on our minds. However, our bodies are made up of around 60% of water so it is important to rehydrate ourselves throughout the day.
There are genuine reasons that drinking water is good for you, and if you want to improve your health, taking small sips constantly throughout the day will be worth your while.
Firstly, it helps with fatigue. You know when you’re sitting at your desk and at about 3pm you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open? I guarantee that if you down a glass of cold water you’ll be feeling right awake again in no time.
Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration so filling yourself back up with natures own H2O can definitely help fight that sleepiness.
Secondly, water can help give you a clearer complexion. Your skin contains a lot of water, when you become dehydrated your skin suffers and in turn looks more dry and wrinkled. This can be reversed with proper hydration. It also prevents certain toxins from entering the skin and which would then cause it to inflame and create pimples. Instead it creates a layer and flushes these toxins out reducing the likelihood of acne.
Another reason water is good for you is that it helps your body keep everything moving digestion wise. Water can dissolve fats and fibre, preventing constipation and helping the other organs such as the kidneys and liver flush out your system. If you don’t drink enough water you will run the risk of getting constipation as the water adds fluids to the colon allowing everything to move as it should.
Drinking water can also be a natural remedy to preventing and treating headaches. Dehydration has the ability to trigger headaches and in some cases migraines in some people. Studies have proven that participants experienced relief from their headaches after drinking water as soon as up to 30 minutes after drinking water and rehydrating themselves. Drinking water constantly throughout the day can prevent a headache from occurring in the first place.
Lastly, drinking water helps to prevent dehydration when working out. When exercising for a long period of time it is important to keep hydrated to prevent post exercise fatigue and exhaustion and to maintain a fluid balance throughout training. This can also help transport nutrients in the body and regulate the body temperature.
Still having trouble drinking more water?
Here’s three ways to add water to your everyday life!
- Have a glass of water with every meal.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables – they have a high water content and will add to your hydration level
- Keep a bottle of water with you at work or in your car- this will encourage you to drink more throughout the day