Dehydrated muscles don’t perform as well, which means you could find yourself struggling during workouts. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps muscle cells maintain their fluid balance so you’re better able to crank out those squats or hold that plank.
2. Water makes your skin appear younger.
Skin is 64 percent water—that’s why dehydration gives it a wrinkled, papery look worthy of your favorite Halloween decorations. Drinking water regularly improves skin circulation and plumps the skin to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Water flushes toxins and waste from your body.
Forget the fancy spa detoxes! Regular water consumption is a natural way to detox the body. Water helps the kidneys remove water-soluble waste. It also makes it easier for the colon to move waste through your system. As a result, your body eliminates toxins more efficiently and you’re less likely to struggle with constipation, bloating, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
4. Water can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy one.
Staying hydrated is a key component of weight loss and maintenance. In a study of more than 18,000 adults, those who drank the most plain water during the day consumed fewer overall calories and sweetened beverages. They also took in less total and saturated fat, salt, sugar, and cholesterol.
What’s more, the researchers discovered that increasing water intake by one to three cups each day decreased daily calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories.
When you reach for a glass of H2O, particularly before a meal or snack, you help take the edge off hunger so you’re less likely to overeat. Plain water will also satisfy your thirst without added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Action Plan: How to Boost Your Water Intake
- Drink a full glass of water before every meal and snack.
- Keep a to-go bottle with you in the car or at the office.
- In addition to drinking plain water, reach for foods high in water content, like apples, watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, pears, carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplants, and lettuce greens.
- Avoid sports drinks. These beverages often contain unhealthy carbohydrates, like refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. A 20-ounce sports drink can contain as much as 34 grams of sugar—that’s 7 teaspoons! When you’re thirsty, reach for plain water instead.
What are you waiting for? Feel the benefits of drinking water for yourself. Go grab a glass of wonderful water now.
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