The Benefits of Drinking Water & 7 Tricks to Form the Habit

I’m sure you’ve heard it before… drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This isn’t anything new but perhaps you are unsure as to why you should be drinking more water.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

1.  Healthy Skin

Water is known to give your skin a healthy glow - and in many cases – can help clear up acne. But it isn’t a magic cure – don’t expect it to erase wrinkles or fine lines.

Your skin might not look better overnight but after a week of drinking the recommended amount , you will be able to see a noticeable difference.

2.  Weight loss

Drinking water speeds up your metabolism and acts as an appetite suppressant – perfect for weight loss. Have a late night craving for junk food? Drink water instead; your body often mistakes thirst for hunger. You can even replace soda, juice and alcohol – all high in calories -with water for added effect. The abilityto aid weight loss is undoubtedly one of the greatest benefits of drinking water.

A study found out that those who drink water before meals consume an average of 75 fewer calories per meal – at 2 meals a day, that adds up to 14 pounds over a year!

3.  Energy

Did you know that the most common cause of daytime fatigue is mild dehydration? Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink more water, otherwise your energy levels will already be depleted. Instead, drink a glass of water every hour, and notice how your energy levels start to increase.

4.  Stop bowel trouble

Drinking enough water keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.

“Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly,” Joan Koelemay – Dietician for the Beverage Institute.

5.  Reduce the risk of cancer

Another one of the benefits of drinking water is how it can help reduce the risk of cancer. A  10 year study (Michaud & Co-workers), involving nearly 48,000 men, discovered that the incidence of cancer in the urinary bladder was reduced significantly by a higher fluid intake.

6.  Cure for headaches

One of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration; therefore, increasing your water intake can prevent or alleviate the pain a headache brings. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.

7.  Reduce the risk of a heart attack

A 6 year study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day are 41% less likely to suffer a heart attack than those who drink less than two glasses. This percentage is even greater for men at 50%. Whereas, drinking coffee, tea, juice, milk and alcohol can actually increase the risk of heart attack.

8.  Build more muscle

Working out when dehydrated can severely hamper the result of your workout. Dr. Judelson, a professor at California State University, found that dehydration causes individuals to complete 3-5 fewer reps than those who drank water both before and during their workout session.

Note: There are many more reasons as to why you should start drinking more water. Click here to find out what they are.

7 Tricks to Drink More Water

1.  Carry a bottle

Carrying a bottle with you everywhere you go can act as a reminder to keep drinking.

2.  Write it down

Writing the amount of water you drink on a daily basis increases your awareness and can help make sure you drink enough in a day.

3.  Eat raw fruits and vegetables

You can get water not only from food, but also from beverages. Raw fruits and vegetables are the perfect choice to increase your intake of water. Try incorporating watermelon to your diet for the best effect; not only does it taste delicious but it is 92% water.

4.  Set a reminder

Set your watch or phone to beep every hour to remind you to drink more water. If you are like most and work from 9-5,  you can easily drink the recommended amount with 5 hours to spare.

5.  Add some lemon

Some people don’t drink enough water because they don’t like the taste. If this sounds like you then start adding a few drops of lemon to the water for a better taste.

6.  Start your day off right

As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink 2 glasses of water. This will start your day off on the right track, creating momentum to keep drinking throughout the day, and soon enough it will turn into a habit.

7.  Substitute

If you usually start your day off with a cup of coffee, or if you drink a can of soda at lunch, try switching to a glass of water instead to easily increase your intake of water.

 Can you drink too much water?

While the benefits of drinking water are vast, it can also be dangerous. Some people experience a condition called hyponatremia from drinking too much water. Unless you are a professional athlete undertaking rigorous exercise on a daily basis trying to rehydrate, it is unlikely that you will suffer from hyponatremia.

How do you know when you’re drinking enough?

It’s couldn’t be simpler. When your urine is clear, you know that you are properly hydrated. When your urine is dark yellow, you definitely need to drink more.