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December 22, 2020 3 min read

Water is essential to life. We know that without it, a human can only survive for approximately three days. Still, many people live in a chronically dehydrated state.

There seems to be a limitless list of conditions and ailments that can be improved or even treated by increasing water consumption. The long-held rule is to aim for eight 250 mL glasses of water per day. Other guidelines include drinking four liters a day.

In truth, there is no scientific equation that tells us exactly how much water we need to maintain proper hydration. Plus, tough for the average person to drink too much water. Maintaining adequate hydration levels offers many benefits to your health and well-being.

  1. Proper Hydration Can Lead to Weight Loss or Weight Maintenance.

It should come as little surprise that swapping your go-to beverage for water can aid in weight loss. After all, water has no carbohydrates, no sugar, and no calories.

One of the easiest ways to drop a couple of pounds is to skip the juice or soda you’re reaching for and instead choose water. One can of soda contains about 138 calories, which quickly adds up if you’re consuming more than one can a day. Remember, weight loss comes down to a math equation. You must consume fewer calories than your body uses in a day to lose weight. Dropping your beverages that contain calories may be the easiest way to reduce your overall calorie input.

More than that, maintaining hydration with water might:

  • Slightly increase your metabolism, helping you burn more calories in a day.
  • Keep you feeling fuller, so you don’t over-consume food, especially when you strategically drink a glass of water before you eat a meal.
  • Reduce cravings for sugar and sweets.
  1. Proper Hydration Can Improve Exercise Performance.

Even mild dehydration has noticeable adverse effects on your physical performance. Aside from not performing to your highest ability, dehydration can make you perceive exercise to be much more challenging, both physically and mentally. Drinking more water could increase both focus and ease of exercise.

  1. Water Consumption can Improve the Health of Your Skin.

Many people don’t think about it, but your skin is an organ—the largest organ in your body, in fact. Like other organs, your skin is comprised of cells. Cells require water to function. Proper hydration, along with functionality, plumps cells up, giving your skin a fuller, more radiant glow. Adequate hydration also flushes toxins from your skin and can improve breakouts

  1. Maintaining Adequate Hydration Can Improve Your Digestive Health.

If your bathroom habits are less than regular, hydration might be the answer. Increasing water consumption can help regulate the digestive system and relieve constipation. Similarly, drinking enough water can also clear out your urinary tract making you less prone to developing kidney stones. 

  1. Keeping Your Body Hydrated Makes You Feel Better Overall.

Even mild dehydration affects brain function in everyone, from children to adults.

Loss of just one to three percent of fluid: 

  • Impairs mood
  • Impairs concentration
  • Decreases memory
  • Increases perceived fatigue and anxiety 

The bottom line is that water is essential to life, but it’s also essential to your well-being. Living in a chronically dehydrated state might be what’s keeping you from losing weight and feeling fantastic. As a challenge to yourself, try dropping your go-to beverage and drinking at least two liters of water a day for two weeks. Just two weeks might be enough to show you that it is more than worth it to make the simple switch to water.

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