Ten Things that Happen When You Drink Enough Water

Ten Things that Happen When You Drink Enough Water

By Grace Cherian 1. It could aid weight loss. Anyone looking to lose weight could be helped by increasing their water intake. Studies have shown that ...

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1. It could aid weight loss.
Anyone looking to lose weight could be helped by increasing their water intake. Studies have shown that when participants drink water before a meal, they lose weight faster than those who did not drink water. Extra water helps you eat less by making you feel full, and it may also boost metabolism. CamelBak is a company that sells hydration packs. Hydration advisor Kate Geagan, Registered Dietician, says it’s not uncommon to put on weight by mistaking thirst for hunger, and she offers this professional tip: Next time you feel fatigued or sluggish, “drinking water may be just what you need to perk up.”

2. It powers your warm-weather exercise.
With the proper precautions, working out in the heat is usually fine—and staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do. The hotter the workout, the sweatier you tend to get, so it’s extra important to replace those lost fluids. Determining sweat rate informs good rehydration strategy: “Once athletes know their sweat rates, they can begin to practice replacing these fluid losses in training and be optimally prepared for athletic exertion,” says Geagan.

3. It keeps things moving, digestion-wise.
Water helps you with your bowel movements by helping dissolve fats and soluble fibre. Drinking enough water prevents constipation and also reduces the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush waste products. Geagan breaks it down: “In the large intestine, water binds with fibre to increase the bulk of the stools, reduce transit time and make elimination easier. When you don’t drink enough water and fluids, the colon pulls water from stools, increasing your risk of constipation.”

4. It helps endurance athletes fight fatigue.
Water is an integral part of almost any workout, and it becomes especially important in order to prevent dehydration during long workouts. When exercising for an hour or more, drinking water treated with carbohydrates and salts can help maintain fluid balance, which aids athletic performance and helps prevent post-exercise fatigue and exhaustion.

5. It might protect against some types of cancer.
Research has found that the greater the fluid intake, the lower the incidence of bladder cancer, with more significant results when the fluid is water. One possible reason could be that urinating more frequently prevents the build-up of bladder carcinogens. Staying hydrated may also reduce the risk of colon and breast cancer.

6. It can improve mood.
Drinking water makes you feel so refreshed that it actually improves your 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.

7. Fun, frozen workouts are great for you.
When it’s too snowy or icy to go for a run, or you want a workout that’s as fun as it is good for you, find yourself some frozen water. Try ice skating for a low-impact workout that challenges your balance, get in some hill-work while sledding, get a full-body workout while cross-country skiing or improve your cardiovascular endurance with snow-shoeing.

8. Drinking it may help prevent headaches, naturally.
Going without water for too long causes headaches for some people, and has been identified as a migraine trigger. The good news is that in a study on the effects of water on headaches, participants experienced “total relief” from their headaches within 30 minutes of drinking water (two cups, on average). Geagan says a good way to prevent headaches is to stay hydrated throughout the day. And if you’ve already been hit with a dehydration-triggered headache, you’ll need significantly more water to help it go away. She recommends drinking two to four cups of water for headache relief within one to two hours.

9. It keeps your kidneys working.
Kidneys remove waste from your bodies, help control your blood pressure, and balance fluids, so they’re crucial to keeping your systems running smoothly. One sure-fire way to keep them working properly? Adequate water consumption! So drink up to keep those kidneys in tip-top shape.

10. It energizes you.
Next time you’re feeling exhausted, try drinking a couple glasses of water. Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration and filling back up on water could get rid of your sleepiness.