We all know that we should drink water, but what good does it do for us really? More importantly, what benefits will you actually see from being properly hydrated?
The current recommendation is to drink one ounce of water per pound of body weight every day. That means if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water each and every day. That’s a lot of water. I know that for me to chug that much fluid, I need to see some results sooner rather than later. Here are four benefits of drinking water that I have personally seen in my life.
- Better Skin. Staying properly hydrated will help keep your skin clear. The water you drink helps to clear your body of toxins which helps to prevent break outs. Further, hydrated skin looks more plump and less wrinkled. More water means fewer zits and wrinkles. That’s something we can all agree on, and you can often see the skin benefits of water within the first few days of proper hydration.
- Digestive Regularity. No one wants to talk about it, but staying hydrated will keep your bowels moving as they should. No one likes to be constipated, and a dehydrated intestine is a constipated intestine. Keeping hydrated will help your body keep things moving along.
- Weight Loss. If clearer skin and predictable bowel movements are enough to get you drinking your H2O, it could also help you lose some of that lingering weight, especially if you are retaining water. Now, I know it seems counter-intuitive, but drinking more water actually helps to reduce the water your body is holding onto. Drinking more water also helps you eat less, and proper hydration gives you the energy for that evening work out.
- Detoxify Your Entire System. Don’t get caught up in crazy schemes or fad diets, the absolute best way for your body to rid itself of toxins is for it to be properly hydrated. Your liver and kidneys all function best when you are getting adequate water in your diet. Yes, there are some foods that can help these organs along (and we’ll talk about that next week), but your body is designed to clean itself, you just have to give it enough water.
Now I know, these seem like some pretty small things, but trust me, once you’re staying hydrated, you will not want to stop! I had jury duty a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t able to drink as much water as I’m used to (I usually drink 12-16 cups a day, but couldn’t have water in the courtroom). By the end of my three days as a juror, my skin was broken out, I was constipated, tired, and had gained two and half pounds. I went back to drinking my water like usual and within the first day or so I felt loads better!
If you’re convinced, but you just don’t know how to drink that much water, check back in tomorrow night for my three best tips to drink more water!