Did you know your body is composed of more than 60% water? When you stop to consider that, it’s easy to see the importance of drinking water constantly throughout the day. Here are some other lesser-known benefits to drinking water:
Slip your stress away…with water
Many studies have shown a link between water and stress. Being dehydrated, even mildly, can increase levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, leading to more stress on your body. Stress can result in many of the same responses as dehydration, such as increased heart rate, fatigue, and headache. Staying hydrated can minimize the symptoms associated with stress.
Fill ‘er up
Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re really just thirsty? Our minds tend to confuse hunger and thirst. Next time you find yourself hungry at an odd time of day, reach for a glass of water instead. If you find that you are still hungry, then have that snack. If not, you just saved yourself some unnecessary calories!
Dehydration makes you feel tired and can make it difficult to keep our attention focused. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration. If you’re feeling drained, get a pick-me-up by drinking some ice water.
Nature’s beauty cream
Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Drinking water hydrates your skin cells and plumps them up, helping you look younger. Your skin will also have a natural glow with improved circulation and blood flow.
Did you know?
Most healthy adults get enough water by letting their thirst guide them. The exact amount you need depends on your size, activity level, the weather, and your general health. Try drinking half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. If you weigh 150 pounds, aim for 75–150 ounces of water per day.