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What are the benefits of drinking water?

By Melania Armento

Published 22 June 2020

You already know that drinking a sufficient amount of water each day plays an integral role in our health and overall existence as human beings.

According to Healthline, water makes up about 60% of the adult human body and is necessary to complete most of our body’s vital functions including those of your heart, brain and muscles.

We’re well aware that hydration affects every aspect of our health yet a significant amount of people fail to consume the daily recommended amount of water each day.

Many of us want to try the most complicated or the most difficult methods when it comes to getting healthy or getting fit – when in reality the simple act of drinking an adequate amount of water is one of the best ways of keeping your body healthy and functioning at its best.

Drinking more water is arguably the easiest healthy habit you can start right now, read on to find out why!

Benefits of staying hydrated

The benefits of drinking enough water stretch to virtually every system within your body. Water protects and hydrates our organs, carries and transports nutrients to our cells, and keeps muscles and joints working properly by balancing sodium and potassium levels. Water helps to flush the body of toxins, maintain its core temperature, and even balance blood sugar.

Beyond bodily functions, drinking enough water can help you lose weight, if that is a goal of yours. One study showed that drinking water before meals can help you feel full and lead to less calories eaten at each meal. Water plays a role in helping us stay mentally focused and energized. It can boost our mood, memory and overall brain performance.

Finally, adequate hydration can help your skin look and feel it’s best as well. Drinking enough water contributes to skin elasticity – meaning less wrinkles and fine lines, as well decreasing puffiness and swelling due to dehydration. And since water helps remove toxins from the body, as mentioned above, drinking enough can also help clear and brighten your overall complexion.

So how much water is enough water?

There are a variety of guidelines on how much water you should aim to drink per day, but a good one that works for most of us is to try to drink approximately half your bodyweight in ounces per day.

For example, a 140lb person should shoot for 70 ounces of water daily. When you have a go-to reusable water bottle, you can go ahead and calculate your daily needs and divide it by how many ounces are in your bottle to find out how many times you should be refilling your bottle daily.

Keep in mind that you might need to increase this amount if you participate in intense or prolonged exercise! You’ll need to hydrate before, during and after your workout. Think: an additional 8-10 ounces per 30 minutes of exercise.

Tips for drinking more water

Water is necessary for the functions of every system in your body, and staying hydrated is essential to your overall health and wellbeing.

You can help your body function optimally by drinking plenty of water each day to support its natural processes and reap the benefits!

  • Carry your reusable water bottle with you at all times!

Standing in line at the bank? Have some water. Waiting for the bus? Have some water. If the bottle is already in your hand, you’ll easily find more occasions to drink it.

  • Keep things interesting and add a little flavor to your water!

You can try fresh cucumber, berries like strawberries and raspberries or lemon or other citrus fruits.

Bonus: The vitamin C content in lemons can boost immunity as well as promote skin and joint health thanks to its ability to aid in collagen synthesis – double win! Find something that your tastebuds will love!

  • Remind yourself to drink water

If you find yourself forgetting to drink water during the day, you’re not alone. Try putting yourself on a water schedule to make it more effortless.

This could look like a glass of water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed, or it could be some water at a certain time each hour. Figure out what works best for you and stick to it!

  • Drink water when you’re hungry.

Many times we confuse thirst for hunger cues. The next time you’re feeling hunger pangs between meals, reach for a glass of water instead!

  • Eat your water!

Some foods are a tasty and easy way of upping your water intake without reaching for your bottle: apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, oranges, chicken noodle soup, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, etc!

Melania Armento

Melania is a SEO specialist at Virtuagym, one of the leading innovators in the digital health and fitness industry. With 6+ years experience in marketing, she loves fitness, ranking keywords with high monthly search volume, as well as taking advantages of long summer days and warm weather.

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