Staying Hydrated: 5 Revitalizing and Surprising Benefits of Water
Author: Kara Masterson
We have all heard it before. You need to drink more water. However, chances are you probably do need to drink more water. Water composes more than half of your body and is essential for survival. Consuming it regularly can have enormous health benefits, some you may not even realize. Here are five of the most surprising benefits of drinking more water.
Water Helps Weight Loss
In a recent study, scientists found that people who drank water before eating a meal lost weight faster than those who did not. Drinking water makes you feel fuller and stops you from overeating. Water may also boost our metabolism, making the food we eat digest faster. Plus, the more you choose water over a sugary, high-calorie drink, the healthier you will be and the more weight you will lose.
It Promotes Healthy Skin
Your skin, which functions as a barrier to prevent fluid loss, contains a lot of water. It helps to replenish skin tissue and moisturize your skin. It also increases the elasticity of your skin, making it look fresher and younger. When you are dehydrated, your skin tends to look drier and more wrinkled. Drinking plenty of water can alleviate that.
It Improves Your Mood
A glass of water may make you feel so refreshed, that it can actually improve your mood. Even mild dehydration can impair your mood and cognitive function. Scientists discovered this to be true in a 2011 study. Dehydration can take its toll on your brain and your mood.
Water Aids in Digestion
Regular hydration keeps things flowing smoothly in your gastrointestinal tract. This helps in the digestive process and prevents constipation. When your body is dehydrated, your colon pulls water from stools to stay hydrated. This results in constipation.
It May Protect Against Some Types of Cancer
New research has shown that greater fluid intake can decrease the chance of contracting bladder cancer. The chances were even lower when that fluid was water. There is also research that links staying hydrated with decreased risk of colon cancer and breast cancer.
Water is vital. There are so many surprising benefits to drinking water regularly. But you definitely want to ensure the water you are drinking is pure and clean. Luckily you can get your well checked regularly with the help of organizations such as the Water Systems Council. As long as your water is clean there are so many benefits that you can reap from it, so kick back, grab a cool, refreshing glass of water, and relax.