“In time and with water, everything changes.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Lack of water can lead to dehydration (a condition when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions). Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Five Health Benefits of Drinking Plenty of Water
1. Brain Function Improves
Your hydration status strongly influences your brain. Studies show that even mild dehydration, such as losing 1–3% of body weight, can impair many aspects of brain function. Additionally, studies consistently convey that mild dehydration can impair mood, memory, and brain performance.
2. Improved Physical Performance
If you don’t stay hydrated, your physical performance will suffer. Hydration is critical whether you are working out, competing, or needing focus time to produce quality work output. Drinking enough water can lead to less effective body temperature control, reduced motivation, and increased fatigue. It can also make exercise much more physically and mentally demanding.
3. Promotes Regularity
Constipation (infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stool) is a typical result of a lack of hydration. Increasing water intake is recommended as a part of the treatment protocol. Mineral water may be an even better option for those with constipation. Regular intake of magnesium also assists in regularity. Consult with your doctor on the proper level for you.
4. Promotes Weight Loss
Proper daily consumption of water can help you lose weight! Water can increase the feeling of being whole and boost your metabolism, which leads to burning more calories each day. When we consume fewer calories than we burn, this can lead to weight loss. The timing of when you drink water is essential. Drinking water 30 minutes before meals is the most effective. This habit leads to you eating less each meal. Why not make hydrating another tool in your quiver to maintain proper weight?
5. Prevention and Treatment of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are painful clumps of mineral crystals that form in the kidneys. More studies need to be completed, but it’s common for physicians to recommend proper hydration to lower your risk of getting kidney stones and help you overcome them (if you happen to be suffering from an episode of stones). Higher water consumption increases the volume of urine passing through the kidneys, diluting the concentration of minerals and lowering the likelihood of them crystallizing and forming clumps.
Drinking adequate amounts of water daily is a fundamental and essential health habit. When you feel off, distracted, or tired, evaluate if you’ve forgotten to hydrate. The remarkable aspect of hydration is the effects can come once you rebalance your water intake quickly. If you want to learn more about hydration, read additional articles here in our learning center, such as How Much Water Should I Drink Per Day and How Does Hydration Affect My Brain?.