Why drinking enough water matters
Our summer mode is on – some of us are enjoying the beach, some are cycling, some are hiking, and others are sipping cocktails by the pool. In any case our bodies are running low on water either because of the heat, the physical exercises or because the alcohol has a dehydrating effect.
In fact, staying hydrated has more benefits that one might expect. Apart from being biologically important, water can also boost our mood. Yes, you read right – drinking water makes you happier. So here are our favorite benefits of water drinking.
One study suggests that people who drink more water are happier. During the research, a group of people who regularly drank roughly one liter per day was asked to increase to increase their water intake to 2.5 liters/day. As a result, the subjects reported less sleepiness, fatigue, and confusion experienced. On the contrary, people who had the habit of drinking more than 2 liters per day was asked to reduce their water intake to one liter. The participants reported they had felt less calmness and positive emotions in general.
2. Say goodbye to headaches
Well, it’s not exactly that water cures headache but it rather prevents it. One of the symptoms of dehydration is headache, which may become a migraine at one point. A couple of studies show that water intake significantly reduces headache. Of course, water is not a universal cure but a dehydration-related headache can be treated with just a few water glasses.
3. Hangovers are not that bad
We all know how it feels when we drink too much alcohol. It’s not just about the headache, it’s our bodies cringing the next. The good news is that you can prevent a bad hangover by just having a glass of water in between cocktails. Alcohol dehydration is not entirely responsible for hangovers but it has much to do with dry mouth, thirst, fatigue, and headache. So the next time you go to a party make sure you drink enough water. Plus, try to have a glass of water before going to bed.
4. Enhance your cognitive performance
In the short-term, water intake can boost your brainpower. In several studies, the results show that participants who have as little as 2% water deficit have significantly impaired thinking skills, attention span, and memory. In addition, the results have duplicated several times with different participants, including children.
5. Boost your endurance
During physical activities, we not only burn calories but we sweat as well. It is important to drink enough water before, during, and after training in order to stay hydrated. Even slight dehydration can noticeably impair physical performance. In contrast, optimal water balance reduces fatigue, oxidative stress, lowers maximum heart rate, and boost endurance.
6. Water helps you lose weight
You might not know but water boosts our metabolic rate. Not only that but cold water makes us burn more calories because our body is trying to heat up the water to its own temperatures. If you are on a diet you can also try to drink water before each meal. This will make you feel full and respectively eat less.