Top 10 positive effects of drinking enough water daily
How one simple habit can transform your life
What are the benefits of drinking enough water daily? We know that water is necessary for the correct functioning of the body system. But just drinking is not enough: we also need to drink a proper amount of water daily. Some people drink just the necessary because they don’t like water, or it bored them. This can result in dehydration: migraines, fatigue, weight gain… and even worse symptoms. But water is not just a kind of fuel that allows our body to function. It also brings us many other benefits.
1. It keeps you healthy
We need water to live. Thanks to water our body can function, and that is the first benefit you will find. When you don't drink enough water on a daily basis, you can have very serious problems such as:
- digestive problems
- weight gain
- skin problems
- high cholesterol
- brain and body malfunction
- high blood pressure
Of course, not drinking any water is fatal and can lead to death in just 3 days.
2. It helps your digestion
Water has a very important role during digestion. It lubricates the intestines, it breaks down food, and it ensures that every residue passes correctly to… well, outside the body. One of the symptoms of dehydration is, in fact, constipation, since feces contain a big amount of water.Another healthy way of boosting digestion is by cutting unhealthy meals and eating more vegetables and fruits, especially if they are rich in fiber.
3. It helps you lose weight
We have already talked about this in our post about how drinking water can help you lose weight. But we would say it again: drinking water helps fat oxidation, gives you a fulfilling sensation and boosts your metabolism. This happens because water helps dilute sugar in your blood, leading to a reduced calorie intake. Plus, it takes space in your stomach, so you will be less hungry. Besides, not drinking enough water has the opposite effect: it could lead to weight gain. You will get fatigued more easily, your metabolism will slow and you will find it more difficult to get rid of fat.
4. It helps your skin stay hydrated
Water can hydrate your skin from the inside, making it look glowier and healthier. Scientists agree that a proper hydration can and will help with acne, getting rid of bad toxins and grease, and even helping your body regenerate acne scars.
Keep in mind that water can help your skin stay hydrated, but is not an aging antidote. Some celebrities have spread rumours about how drinking lots of water can help you look younger. There is no scientific evidence that can prove this. Aging is a natural process and there is no magic against it.
5. It gets rid of the toxins in your body
Toxins in our body are neutralized and eliminated through our digestive system, kidneys and pores. In this sense, consuming a good amount of water (this amount can differ from one person to another) improves the elimination of waste or excess fat. In addition, it hydrates the organs and contributes to their proper functioning.You may wonder if drinking water infused with lemon, tea or other ingredients such as cucumber or mint can be better for detoxing. Scientists say that, actually, infused water is not very different from normal water for detoxing. “The other substances in there provide health benefits that are probably minimal” said Dr. Donald Hensrud, a nutrition researcher at the Mayo Clinic.
6. It boost your immunologic system
Water is vital and plays a lead role in keeping our immune systems functioning at an optimal level.
"Water carries important components of the immune system, including nutrients, to their destinations and removes waste from the organs, that is, the products of our daily metabolism, derived from the consumption of food and its transformation into energy.", says Dr. Jyothi Tirumalasetty, associate professor of medicine in the department of clinical immunology and allergy at the UCLA Health University Clinic. If not removed, this waste has the potential to become toxic and weaken the immune system.
7. It regulates your body temperature
Water plays an important role as a thermoregulator, cooling the overall body temperature by dissipating heat. If the body becomes too hot, it loses water through sweat. This causes an evaporation on the surface of the skin, which dissipates heat from the body. So, as you see, sweating is the most effective way to prevent the body from overheating.
Drinking is very important in extreme weather, meaning: when it is too hot in summer or when you live in a country where temperatures are very high. Heath waves kill 1.300 people per year, so imagine how important it is to stay hydrated.
8. It prevents headaches
Headaches are a symptom of dehydration. If you spend a few hours without drinking and doing exercise or working and you start to feel a headache, it could be caused by a lack of water mixed with fatigue. But you can get rid of it by drinking. Normally, headaches caused by dehydration go away 30 minutes after drinking.
On the other hand, water can be very helpful if you suffer from migraine. A person who suffers from chronic migraine knows that he would have an attack from time to time (sometimes daily). But the risk is multiplied by certain factors, like not drinking water. A study conducted by different experts and published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience showed that the severity of migraine disability, pain severity, headache frequency, and duration of headaches were significantly lower in migraine patients who consumed more water.
9. It lubricates your joints
Long-term dehydration can reduce the shock absorption capacity of the joints, thus causing joint pain.
Drinking water is the easiest way to maintain joints and tendons in perfect condition. Proper hydration will facilitate greater mobility and a better predisposition to exercise, giving our tissues more life and youth.
10. It maintains sodium balance
Water can dilute sodium from our blood stream. The World Health Organisation says that “High sodium intake (> 2 grams / day, equivalent to 5 grams of salt per day) and insufficient potassium absorption (less than 3.5 grams per day) contribute to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and brain damage”. Having a diet low in sodium and drinking enough water daily can help our blood pressure.