We constantly hear the reminder to drink more water, but it’s one of those things that’s easy to let slide or skip because…Coffee! Tea! Diet soda! Beer! Wine! There are so many other exciting choices, yes? But water is so important for your body and there are real benefits of drinking more water, along with side effects that can come when you don’t drink enough.

So as a motivation to bump that ‘drink more water’ thing higher up on your priority list, I’m sharing 7 benefits of drinking more water.

It’s important to note that by the time you actually feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated, so don’t wait until you experience thirst to drink up. Drink plenty of water steadily throughout the day (around half your body weight in ounces, every day) to avoid these not-so-fun side effects.

Here’s one of my own tips around how I remember to drink lots of water all day long. Immediately when I wake up in the morning, I fill up my 20 oz tumbler with water and warm it in the tea kettle (not hot, just warm). I squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the water, and then drink all of that down before I have tea. So, water first, every single morning.

Then, I do the same thing before my other meals. Before lunch and again before dinner, I fill up my 20 oz tumbler and warm it in the tea kettle (I despise cold water…it hurts my teeth and my tummy). I drink it all down about 30 minutes before I eat my meal. I also sip on green tea throughout the day. 

Here’s my favorite 20 oz tumbler:

Hydro Flask Black 22 Oz. Tumbler With Lid

7 Benefits of Drinking More Water Everyday

1. Prevents Headaches.

If you get headaches, consider upping your daily water intake and the next time you feel a headache coming on, try drinking a large glass of water first before popping a Tylenol. It might just be that you’re dehyrated.

2. Keeps your Metabolism Running Well and can Help to Prevent Weight Gain.

Studies have shown that drinking water keeps your metabolic rate higher, even while you’re resting. This means your body will burn more calories when you’re hydrated. In addition, when you’re dehydrated your body will retain water, causing you to feel and look puffier than you would be if you were hydrated.

3. Helps to Keep your Energy Levels High.

Even slight dehydration can significantly decrease your energy levels because your cells need water to synthesize energy. Consider a big glass of water before that afternoon cup of coffee.

4. Keeps your Skin Glowy and Plump.

When your body is well-hydrated, your skin plumps and looks more dewy and glowy. I 100% notice more fine lines around my lips and eyes when I’m dehydrated. Just picture dry, cracked earth, and what happens when it rains on that dry dirt. The cracks and lines go away! It’s really not very different with your skin. Just ask your facialist if she notices when someone is hydrated vs. when they’re not. {Click here for 4 common causes of chronic skin issues, and what to do about them.}

5. Helps you Feel Better During and After Workouts.

When you have less fluid in your body, your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout your body. Which means that during a cardiovascular workout, your heart will work harder than it really should have to and the workout will feel much more intense. You’ll kill that workout when you go into it well hydrated! And you’ll also feel better after.

6. Helps to Keep you Regular and Makes it Easier to Eliminate.

Yes, I’m talking about constipation. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. Your colon needs plenty of water to keep the waste inside it soft and moving through easily. Constipation can happen when the inside of your colon begins to dry out, making the stool hard and dry and really uncomfortable to eliminate. Soft, easy stools and complete eliminations are good! Hard, painful stools and incomplete eliminations are NO GOOD. You might also experience more gas and bloating from the constipation, and that’s no fun either.

7. Helps to Flush Toxins from your Body.

The more water you drink, the more you’ll urinate. Now before you go saying how inconvenient it is to have to run to the restroom once every hour, let me remind you that urination is one of the main ways that toxins and waste are removed from your body. If you aren’t peeing often, you aren’t removing those toxins. Which means they’re staying inside your body. Ick! Let’s drink more water and get them moving out.

 

Now over to you…how does your body feel when you’re hydrated vs. dehydrated? Let us know in the comments below!

Elizabeth xo

 

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