The Wonder of Water: 6 Super-Powered Health Benefits of Staying Hydrated

How water boosts overall health and some helpful tips to remind you to drink more!

You can’t go on a health blog these days without being bludgeoned by blog posts screaming at you to DRINK MORE WATER! So, you go to the faucet, fill up your cup, take a sip and then forget all about it until an hour later when it’s room-temperature and less than appealing….


In a world full of soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and coffee (so much coffee) it’s hard to convince ourselves to grab a drab bottle of water when the other options look so much tastier.


Not everyone struggles with drinking enough water (right around 8, 8Oz cups per day) and if this is you, nice work! Read through these 6 great benefits of water and feel good about the fact that you’re getting all those boons from it! 


But for those of us who struggle to drink enough, here’s what we’re going to do: list the 6 super health benefits of water to get you excited about downing more H20, then provide 3 tips to help you remember to get more into your routine!

6 super-powered health benefits of water for your body

From the inside, out, water helps to:

  • Fight weight gain –  Water boosts our metabolism rate and drinking more (especially half and hour before meals) makes us feel fuller, and helps us cut back on our calorie-intake.
  • Clear skin conditions and boost hair strength – Water clears toxins from our skin and hair cells, allowing them to be stronger, more flexible and healthy.
  • Boost brain performance and energy levels – Proper fluid levels helps to make us feel more alert and allows our brain to function at peak efficiency. This has the added effect of increasing our energy levels!
  • Keep muscles working at maximum performance – Muscle consists of about 80% water, and so, proper fluid levels are crucial for keeping them working optimally, from regulating temperature to building endurance!
  • Prevent pain – From hangovers and headaches to sickness prevention, water keeps our bodies hydrated and happy – negating the negative effects of dehydration like pain.
  • Promote proper organ functioning – Proper water intake flushes our systems of toxins and keeps our organs functioning optimally, after all. From decreasing the risk of kidney stones, to helping to keep us ‘regular,’ our organs work best when they’re hydrated!
  • 3 Tips to remember to drink more water

    The trick to drinking more water is: keep things interesting. By making water intake feel like less of a chore, and more of a healthy habit, try these handy tips!


    1. Add some fresh ingredients:
    • Fresh lemon, lime, raspberries, blueberries, mint, basil or cucumber – yum!
    • Drink more herbal teas like peppermint, chamomile, ginger, rosehip, or rooibos
    • Opt for a sparkling beverage instead of soda, or dilute those sugary drinks with lots of ice

    1. Increase the frequency:
    • Drink an 8Oz cup of water before each meal
    • Drink an 8Oz cup after each bathroom break
    • Eat more water-rich foods such as cucumber, zucchini, grapefruit, watermelon, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, broccoli, spinach and more!
    • For a complete list of healthy foods packed with water and other important nutrients for your body, download Hair Love’s Ultimate Guide to Healthier, Happier Hair!

    1. Be strategic:
    • Leave water bottles placed strategically around the house.
    • Track your water consumption with an app, or you can even purchase a ‘smart’ water bottle that will track your progress for you.
    • For every alcoholic drink you consume, be sure to match it with one 8Oz cup of water, as it will fight back against alcohol’s diuretic effects – keeping you hydrated, and helping you avoid a pesky hangover too!

    Drink more water for a healthier you!

     

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