Are you drinking enough water? If not, you are definitely missing out on all of the benefits that result from being properly hydrated. Our body needs water to function properly. When our body starts to run low on water, we begin to experience negative symptoms of dehydration such as headaches and fatigue. This is what happens when you're properly hydrated:
Stronger immune system: Your immune system cannot be at its best when your body doesn't have the water it needs. On the other hand, when you are hydrated, you're less likely to be sick from the common cold and other illnesses. Your body will be better equipped to eliminate waste and other things that are harmful to your body. All of your organs from your kidneys to your heart will be stronger and function properly.
Greater energy levels: Are you feeling tired every day of the week? If you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly, the factor you may be missing is adequate hydration. Only drinking milk or orange juice won't get the job done. You need pure, clean water. Since your body is mostly water, you will
Improved mental focus: Your brain is approximately 70-80 percent water. When you're dehydrated and haven't been drinking water, your mental focus suffers. Staying hydrated and drinking water hourly will help you stay sharp and study for your next test.
Peak physical performance: You simply cannot achieve your highest physical fitness goals if you are not hydrated. Water helps your body perform at its best whether you are a competitive gymnast, powerlifter, or a part of a roller derby team. When you're hydrated, you experience many benefits such as a shorter recovery time from training sessions, lower probability of being dehydrated, improved mental focus, and lower chances of injury.
Now that you've read four of the benefits that come from proper hydration, you know what you're missing out on when you don't drink enough water. Here are a few things you can do to drink water regularly:
- Bring a water bottle with you to work
- Add a slice of lemon to your bottle of water if you need a bit of flavor
- Set a reminder every hour during your workday/school day to drink water
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