As 2019 begins, many people around the world will be optimistically setting themselves New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier, to get more exercise and to save more money always trumps the list of the most common aspirations for the coming year, but for the next 12 months, we wanted to explore an alternative goal. To simply drink more water.
Drink More Water, Daily
Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour. It’s no secret that drinking plenty of water helps you feel your absolute best, but with a daily recommended intake of 2 litres per day, we often fall short of what your bodies truly need. By committing to drinking more water each day, you’re also likely to reap many benefits that contribute to your overall wellbeing and mental health.
1. Promote healthy weight management and weight loss
Although water doesn’t have a magical property that burns fat, if you’re consuming water instead of sweetened juices or soda, it’s likely to help with weight loss. Likewise, if you’re
craving a midday snack, check that your pangs are caused by hunger not dehydration, by having a glass of water first, then see if you’re still hungry 30 minutes later.
2. Water boosts healthy skin
When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.
3. Prevent and treat headaches
Headaches thrive on dehydration, so drinking enough water every day is super important in helping to prevent them. Drinking water during a headache can also help it from progressing, and can help it go away if it was caused by dehydration.
4. Give yourself a mental boost
According to research, it doesn’t take much to feel the impact of dehydration. “Being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills.”
Drinking more water will help you think, focus, and concentrate better.
5. Flush out harmful toxins
Although our body is able to naturally detoxify through the use of its lungs, liver, and kidneys, there’s no harm in giving it a helpful hand! Water consumption aids your body flush out waste through sweat and urination. This also prevents kidney stones and protects you from urinary tract infections.
Did you know… Up to 60% of the human adult body is water! The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% and even the bones are watery: 31%.
Source: H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158
Stick With It!
To skip the headaches, muscle cramps and low blood pressure in 2019, conquer your resolution and gain all the benefits of drinking water by finding alternative ways to up your daily intake.
Fruits and veggies tend to have a high-water content, so introducing more of them into your life will up your water intake, and as an added bonus, will help with weight management! If you’re finding it hard to remember, especially at work, invest in a water bottle, fill it up and pop it on your desk. Just having it in front of you will serve as a reminder.
But, if you think water is just plain boring, why not get a little creative with it? Crush up some mint, slip in slices of cucumber and find a flavour that you enjoy drinking. The change in flavour will spice it up, without adding excess calories.
Choose Highland Spring Water to help stick with your New Year’s resolution. Their natural water is drawn from the Ochil Hills, Perthshire, from land certified organic by the Soil Association.
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