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Aug

Four Reasons to Drink More Water

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Everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether it be changing up your diet or hitting the gym every day, you want to make changes and are actively trying. Yet, there is one thing holding you back from completely overhauling your health: water.

Yes, it may seem like a broken record at this point, but water is way too underrated. It’s the closest thing to a magic potion to good health that people have. Unfortunately,  people just don’t drink enough of this life-giving fluid. Need a little push? Well, here are four reasons why you should immediately start sipping on the H2O more:

1. Water helps with weight loss.

This part is down-right fantastic. Water assists in dropping pounds in multiple ways. One way is by acting as a killer appetite-suppressant. If you’re ever trying not to grab that beautiful plate of freshly-cooked brownies a coworker brought, drink a glass of water.

It helps fill your stomach up and gives the sensation of being full without calories. This is super helpful before a meal, so you don’t completely go crazy over that pot of delicious spaghetti. Also, in order to not retain water and the pounds that go with it, you have to — you guessed it — drink more water.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but your body stores water when it’s not getting enough. So, in order to flush out the body, you have to hydrate it to let your body know that it doesn’t have to keep in excess fluids. Before you reach for the tenth cookie next time, try a glass of water. You may find that you weren’t hungry after all!

2. Water helps with hair, skin, and nail health.

No one wants lackluster hair, acne, or chipping nails. There are so many products on the store shelves claiming to be able to turn our locks into strings of gold, our skin clear, and our nails to hard-as-rock beauties. Well, before you dip into your wallet again, look at your level of water intake. 

Increased water leads to shiny, more manageable locks and can help with clearing skin acne. Not to mention, nails are also susceptible to dehydration and can break or chip. If you’re wanting to get a glow-up, try drinking more instead of the quick fixes. You might be surprised at just how well it works. 

3. Water helps with stress and anxiety. 

If your job is stressing you out like crazy and you’re also not getting enough daily water, you could really be hurting yourself. Water helps the brain to operate properly. If it’s not functioning properly due to dehydration, one can’t expect the poor brain to be able to carry us through times of stress and normal anxiety. 

Drinking water is also known to have a relaxing quality to it. This, coupled with better brain functioning, can help us extraordinarily in our stressful jobs, relationships, and day-to-day anxieties. 

4. Water helps with arthritis and joint pain. 

Arthritis can be horrible. Luckily, there is something that can help to ease a bit of the discomfort. Yes, it’s drinking water. Water helps lubricate our joints, which helps us keep a better range of motion. This is especially important in arthritis sufferers.

Also, water helps flush out toxins. Once you flush out these bad guys, the inflammation they cause goes out, too. This is spectacular for inflammation-driven joint conditions. Water may not entirely get rid of the problem, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to try. In the end, your joints may be begging for a little more hydration. Start sipping!

Water is a fantastic tool for maintaining good health. It’s calorie-free, safe, and helps with so many necessary bodily functions and conditions. You could be doing all the exercise and clean eating in the world, but if you’re not drinking enough water, you may be doing more harm than good. 

It’s time to shed all the negative thoughts about water. Go back to the basics and start hydrating your body properly. We only get one body in this lifetime, so take good care of it!