Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water. Water is responsible for regulating our body temperatures and is crucial for the proper functioning of our bodies. Here are some benefits that water (and of course, staying hydrated!) can bring:
1. Helps maximize physical performance
If you don’t stay hydrated, your physical performance can suffer. If you lose as little as 2% (which constitutes dehydration) of your body’s water content, it can have a noticeable effect, such as reduced motivation, and increased fatigue.
Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening, and it may even reduce the oxidative stress that occurs during high intensity exercise. This isn’t surprising when you consider that muscle is about 80% water
2. Signficantly affects energy levels and brain function
Your brain is strongly influenced by your hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair many aspects of brain function, such as mood, energy levels, memory and brain performance.
3. May help prevent and treat headaches
Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraine in some individuals. Research has shown that a headache is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. Some studies have shown that drinking water can help relieve headaches in those who experience frequent headaches.
4. May help relieve constipation
Constipation is a common problem that’s characterized by infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stool. There’s some evidence to suggest that increasing fluid intake, particularly mineral water, may treat constipation. This is because mineral water that’s rich in magnesium and sodium improves bowel movement frequency and consistency in people with constipation
5. May aid weight loss
Drinking plenty of water may help you lose weight because water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. Some evidence suggests that increasing water intake can promote weight loss by slightly increasing your metabolism, which can increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis.
The timing is important too. Drinking water half an hour before meals is the most effective. It can make you feel more full so that you eat fewer calories
The moral of the story…stay hydrated and keep drinking plenty of water!
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