‘Drink More Water!’
As you guys know, if you have been following my posts, I have been on the quest for good, CLEAR skin… and guess what? I am on the road to recovery! I am putting this down to two things… one being the fact that I drink more water!
A new cleanser and toner which is AMAZING (if you haven’t tried it already, you need to!) This is the new L’oreal Fine Flowers Skincare range – at £6.00 per bottle (400ML!) this product is great! Leaves my skin super clean and hydrated and pores look way smaller! I know I have done a post on skincare faves before (read here) but I think it’s time to change things up a bit!
Everyone knows that as humans, our bodies need around 2L of water a day. This is not a myth, it genuinely has so many benefits to it. It is so hard to keep up and drink that amount of water, especially if you are a busy person, but here are 13 reasons why you should aim to drink more water…
Improves Skin Complexion
Your skin is 64% water so it makes sense that drinking more water makes your skin plumper and more youthful, and can also reduce breakouts on your skin. Jennifer Aniston says drinking “lots of water” keeps her looking ageless… if she does it, I want to do it too!
Promotes Weight Loss
Drinking more water will leave you feeling fuller which will naturally curb your appetite. It has been said that when you feel hungry, you are usually just thirsty – so drinking more water will help you eat less meaning you lose weight!
Flushes Out Toxins
According to Apec Water, your kidneys remove toxins from the blood and eliminate toxic substances in the urine. They filter loads of blood each day and by doing that, it maintains the body’s water balance and excrete toxins and excess fluid through the bladder. Drinking more water is essential for our bodies to function efficiently. Which brings me onto the next reason…
Maintains Regularity (Number 2’s)
Sorry if this is TMI, but water is god to keep you regular. Without water, whatever is in your colon can dry out and get stuck (ouch!) eventually causing constipation. Water is a natural lubricant that softens stool and promotes evacuation of the bowels…NICE.
Boosts your Immune System
As mentioned before, drinking more water flushes toxins out of the body and ensures that your cells get all of the oxygen they need to function as they were meant to, boosting your immune system.
Increases Energy Levels and Reduces Fatigue
Dehydration, even if it’s only mild, can cause your body and all your organs (which need water to function) to slow down, leaving you feeling sluggish, tired, and irritable. Therefore, its obvious that drinking more water will boost your energy levels and make you feel so much better.
Dehydration can cause some horrible throbbing headaches… I’ve had a few in my time! So drinking more water will keep your water levels up meaning that those pesky dehydration headaches can be busted with a few gulps of H2O.
Prevents Cramps and Sprains
Cramps and sprains can be caused by loss of potassium through sweating and muscle activity, therefore, it is essential to drink more water, ESPECIALLY when you are exercising.
Boosts your Mood!
According to a study by Coleen Muñoz, the greater the water consumption, the better the mood. Tension, depression and confusion scores went down when water intake went up. It’s a no brainer really.
I recently read a really interesting post about someone who decided that he wouldn’t purchase/drink any drinks for himself that weren’t water. That being said, if someone bought him a drink or offered him something other than water, he would drink it, but for himself, he made the conscious decision to only drink water. Not only did this save money, but it also made significant changes in other areas of his life… take a look here. This article has spurred me to do the same! I am intrigued to see what changes I will see.
Makes you more productive
According to the researchers, a thirsty person’s brain consistently tells the brain it needs water. Satisfying that thirst frees the brain’s attentional resources and improves a person’s ability to function, think and perform better. It also relieves dehydration that saps energy and creates tiredness as mentioned before!
I don’t know about you, but I am a massive fan of wrinkle preventative products but why spend loads of money on it when water can help make those wrinkles disappear! According to Rivkin, people who drink less than two to three liters of water per day may experience chronic dehydration. This is bad because it forces the body to pull water away from all organs, including the skin. “This causes damage to the cells involved, and damaged skin cells cause wrinkles, as well as thin and saggy skin throughout the body,” he said.
If you don’t drink water, you will die.
I don’t think this one needs explaining really…
5 ways to help you drink more water…
1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.
This will help give you a head start on your daily 2L, and will also replace any water you lost while you were sleeping. I also find it helps me feel more awake and ready for the day!
2. Carry a bottle of water around with you everywhere you go.
I have a 750ml water bottle from Contigo that I carry around with me everywhere! Not only does this remind me to drink more water, but it also helps me keep track of how much water I am drinking. 3-4 bottles a day and I’m good!
3. Spruce up your water with some flavour!
If you hate plain water, you can always add things to it. I have a diffuser bottle so I always add lemon and cucumber, not only does this give me extra health benefits, but it also tastes fresh and I find it easier to drink. Look and Pinterest to find different ‘water recipes’ there are LOADS. Another favourite of mine is Strawberry and Basil…sounds weird but tastes AMAZING. Alternatively, add some sugar free squash to your water if you’re struggling!
4. Make a routine of it and set your alarm.
A beefy watch is great for this, you know, those annoying ones that beep every hour. Use that as a reminder to drink some water! If not, use your phone or set an alarm on your work computer… you have no excuse!
5. Eat food that contains plenty of water.
Not only can this contribute to your 5-a-day, but it can help up your water levels… here is a list of water-rich foods…
I hope this post inspires you to drink more water, especially as summer creeps in and starts to get warmer and sunnier! Let me know what you think!