We’ve heard it all our lives — drink lots of water for a healthy body. Yet, the moment we gain control of our fluid intake (teen and adult years), we do the exact opposite. A lot of us are guilty of not drinking enough water, but surely we can down bottles and bottles of soda, artificial juices, coffee and energy drinks.

One of the biggest mistakes we make is believing that the little bit of water that’s found in these drinks is enough to get us by. In actuality, American people are the most dehydrated nation in the world (there are studies to prove this!). If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

Those of us who are moving about throughout the day are losing tons of water through sweat and urine, and not properly replacing the loss of H20. You’ve heard that the recommended daily dose of water that we need is 8 cups of water (8 oz). But it depends on your physical activity level. Obviously, those who run, exercise and do other physical activities will need much more.

However, according to experts, the recommended 8 glasses of water still leaves us on the brink of dehydration and that we should be drinking water throughout the day, even when we’re not thirsty.

From one expert that I trust, it’s recommended that you drink about a gallon of water daily as an adult. That seems like a lot, but if you stop drinking other dehydrating drinks that are filled with caffeine and sugar, you can easily consume that amount. But to convince you further of why you should be consuming more water, without ado.

Here are the three reasons to Drink more Water:

Drinking more water improves energy and brain function

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When you allow your body to become dehydrated, your energy levels and brain functionality will suffer for it. There is a study that was performed on women, who lost 1.36% of their fluid while working out. This impaired their concentration and mood, while at the same time increasing headaches.

Then there are other studies that show that mild dehydration (between 1-3% of your body weight) can take place when exercising or being in high heat, which leads to negative effects on brain function. It can also negatively impact your physical performance, which reduces you endurance levels.

Drinking more water helps you to shed pounds

The science behind this has been proven on three levels — it helps you to consume less calories, boosts your metabolism and it flushes waste out of your system (especially if you’re drinking alkaline ionized water).

In two different studies, it showed that those who drank 17 oz of water were able to boost their metabolism by 24-30% (temporarily). It was also found that by drinking 2 liters of water daily could boost energy expenditure by 96 calories daily. Cold water is best for this purpose, since the body has to heat the water up, thus expending energy, aka calories.

Then drinking water before meals can help you to eat less food, especially for older people. In one study, dieters drank 500ml of water 30 minutes before eating and were able to lose 44% of their weight in a 12-week period, compared to others who didn’t.

Drinking More Water Keeps Certain Health Problems at Bay

You thought that you could only heal with herbs and medicines — think again. Water is a natural healer (or prevention method) in itself. In studies that were conducted, it was shown that it can help keep away various types of health problems, such as:

Constipation: Drinking more helps you go easier.

Cancer: Studies show that increased water consumption reduces risk of colorectal and bladder cancer.

Kidney stones: Your risk of kidney stones is reduced with more water consumption.

Acne and skin hydration: More water keeps your skin and lips hydrated and reduces acne symptoms.

As a side note, more water consumption also keeps your liver and kidneys healthy.

Making Sure You Get Enough Water Daily

Everything you eat and drink counts towards your daily intake of water, especially those that have higher concentrations of H20.

I recommend that you drink more 100% fruit juices and eat fresh fruit and fresh vegetables to help increase your daily water intake, alongside drinking 8+ cups of water daily.

The best fruits to eat are melons, berries and even apples, pears and peaches. Veggies to check out include romaine lettuce and tomatoes (you can debate whether it’s a fruit or veggie).

Warning signs to watch out for are chapped lips (if you drink enough, you won’t have to rely on lip gloss and chapstick) and urine that is dark yellow (should be clear or pale yellow) and smells strong (this is a sign of a lot of toxins and not enough water).

When you drink a lot of water, the color and smell of your urine diminishes, which means that your body is being flushed of toxins rather than stacking up because there’s not enough water to get rid of ’em.

If you’re suffering from the conditions or symptoms mentioned in this article, then your first response should be to drink more water.

Even if you don’t have them, keep up with your water intake to prevent these issues and to keep your energy and brain function at optimum levels.

*To calculate how much you need, you should be drinking about 67% your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 200lbs, you should be drinking 134oz daily.

 

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