Our body is made up of at least 60% water. Practically every system in our body uses water, so we’re constantly using and expelling water—as sweat, urine, moisture in our breath, and so on. While there lots of reasons that can change how much water a person needs, it’s estimated that most men need about three litres of fluid each and every day. Water, obviously, is the best choice for the intake of those three litres. By choosing water over a sugary or diuretic alternative, you’re reducing your calorie count and you’re improving your energy levels by keeping your blood sugar levels consistent. Here are five serious benefits to chugging down some water right now:
1. Staying Hydrated Keeps you sharp
According to a study that was published in Journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, drinking water and staying hydrated will increase your cognitive performance and reaction times.
2. Staying Hydrated Reduces food cravings
Think you’re hungry? Think again. “Our thirst mechanism isn’t that good,” says Lisa Cimperman, Clinical Dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Centre. “Essentially, when we think that we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty.” Try reaching for a glass of water next time you feel peckish.
3. Staying Hydrated Makes you feel better
Have a headache? Constipation? Dry skin? High blood pressure? All of these can be attributed to and potentially relieved by staying hydrated and drinking more water.
4. Staying Hydrated Improves Metabolism
Drinking just 500 ml of water increases metabolic rate by 30%, according to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers also estimated that over the course of a year, if a person increases their water consumption by 1.5 litres a day they could burn an extra 17,400 calories! That’s roughly five pounds, gone.
5. Staying Hydrated Fights Fatigue
Being dehydrated can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, as your body doesn’t have the lubricant it needs to function properly. Try drinking water as soon as you get up in the morning to refresh your body after a long night without any H2O. Keep water at your desk for easy access. And ensure that you’re drinking water at least two hours before any sort of exercise, along with plenty afterwards.
So, how do you know if you’re hydrated? Check the colour of your urine the next time you go to the bathroom. A clear or light colour is a good indication that you’re hydrating properly. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber color, you definitely require more fluids.
Danielle Roberts is a Canadian freelance writer currently based out of Calgary. A self-professed dweeb with a dash of geek, Danielle attained a BA in English at the University of Calgary back in 2010. She has an obsession with running and cats and also loves to read, write and listen to angry music. You can follow her on twitter @PluviophileRead or check out her website.