You need water to simply survive, but here are 5 reasons to start drinking more water immediately. I know it doesn’t taste as good as your favorite carbonated beverage (Dr. Pepper… yum…), but water is healthier for you and way more beneficial in the long run.
- Helps to lose weight. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know this about water until a year ago. Water actually helps your body metabolize body fat. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will also start storing extra water to compensate which leads to that puffy, bloated look.
- Prevents acne. I kick myself for not knowing this when I was a teenager. Of course, there are many other factors that contribute to acne such as eating habits, stress, hormones and hygiene, but water helps regulate imbalances in your body. It also helps prevent dry skin, which can cause acne.
- Regulates digestion. We all know that everybody poops. Everybody should drink more water, too. Drinking water before and after a meal helps break down food during digestion. It also helps to prevent constipation.
- Improves muscle function and growth. The more water in your muscles, the better they function. For those who are trying to gain more muscle mass, it also increases size capacity and strength. Water also helps keep your joints lubricated.
- Makes you feel better. Not only will water help you look better, but it will make you feel better, too! Water helps maintain proper brain function. It doesn’t matter if you’re suffering from anxiety, depression or stress, lack of water in your system will lead to dehydration and will inhibit your body from producing the chemicals and hormones it needs.
How much water should we be drinking?
We’ve all heard that drinking 8 cups (1.8 liters) of water is best. Personally, I try to drink up to 12 cups (about 3 liters) every single day. If you’re more athletic or active, it would be best to drink more water than normally recommended.
If you make a conscious effort to drink enough water every day, you will begin to enjoy its benefits. Now, go grab a bottle or fill your favorite glass and start drinking more water now!
Disclaimer: I am not a physician. I am a blogger and these are my opinions only. If you wish to try my methods, please do so at your own risk.