From the stuff we drink and swim in, to the steam that eases congestion and the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us (and even in us). In fact, water mostly IS us! To learn exactly how water is helping us everyday, check out a list we’ve put together with 10 reasons why you should go drink some water, like right now.
- It promotes weight loss.
Water removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
- It balances our fluids.
Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
- It can improve your mood, instantly!
Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind. You don’t even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: Even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact moods.
- It clears skin.
Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in acne . While science saying water makes the skin wrinkle free is pretty contradictory, water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples. It’s the best treatment around!
- It increases energy and relieves fatigue.
Move over coffee—water can help fight those tired eyes too! Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
- It powers exercise.
Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats! It also helps to prevent post-exercise fatigue and exhaustion, which nobody wants.
- It boosts the immune system.
Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather. Just beware—drinking fluids hasn’t been scientifically proven to beat colds in one swoop, so don’t swap this for a trip to the doctor or other cold remedies.
- It prevents pain.
A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated.
- It keeps thing, you know, flowing.
Nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water adds fluids to the colon which helps things, ahem, move smoothly…
- And it helps us think more clearly.
Dehydration causes shrinkage of brain tissue. So when we haven’t been drinking enough water, our brains have to work a lot harder to perform at the same level. One study even found that students who brought water to tests did better on their exams. While it’s unclear if drinking the water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn’t hurt to try it out!