9 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

Ever feel tired or sleepy?  Do you often get headaches throughout the day?  Or maybe your skin is dry and you’re blaming it on the weather?  You could just not be getting enough of water!  Staying hydrated is key to your health!  It is recommended that you drink at least 8 8-oz glasses of water a day, but I suggest drinking more than that if you can!  Have trouble tracking?  Get a gallon jug, or a water bottle, and mark it with a sharpie!  Make marks on different points of the jug or water bottle, and write next to it what time you’d like to have the water drank to that line by!  It’s a very helpful technique that I’ve even used plenty of times to make sure I get in water intake!  And keep it with you at all times!  That way you’ll always have access to water and avoid getting dehydrated!

There are tons of benefits of drinking water.  It not only takes up 60% of our body, but benefits us in so many ways that we don’t even keep into factor!  Here are some benefits of “chuggin’ the jug” that you might not know about, but are good to remember:

  1. Boosts your immune system

That’s right!  Consuming more water helps your body fight against illnesses, flus, colds, and helps maintain your overall health!  It also helps with arthritis, joint pain, depression, insomnia, and even leukemia and lymphoma.

  1. Helps you lose weight

Trying to lose weight but seem stuck?  Does it feel like you’re doing everything right and you’re not exactly sure what to do next?  You may not be drinking enough water!  Getting enough water throughout the day is crucial for weight loss!  Drinking water helps boost your metabolism and burn more calories = weight loss!

  1. Keeps your skin clear

Making sure you stay hydrated with h2o helps moisturize your skin keeping it clear, fresh, and free of wrinkles!

  1. Maintains regularity/relieves constipation

Are you regular?  If not, you may be lacking in your water intake. Consuming enough of water helps with the digestion of your food and relieves constipation.

  1. Flushes out toxins

Making sure you get adequate water intake helps the digestive tract rid of waste, and helps the kidneys flush toxins out of your body.

  1. Helps relieve headaches

Getting headaches throughout the day could be a sign to dehydration.  Make sure you get enough fluids and your headaches should diminish!

  1. Increases energy

If you are feeling tired, sluggish, or sleepy, you might try upping your water intake.  Drinking enough of water will help give you energy to get through the day.  It’s great to drink a nice big glass of water first thing after you wake up.  It helps wake up your body’s internal systems and forces it to start producing energy shortly after you chug water down.

  1. Helps with bloating

Every feel bloated and not really sure why?  Lack of water may be the case!  Making sure you drink enough water will also help flush excess water out!  When you re-hydrate your body with fluids, it relaxes and releases retained fluids out of your body.  Just be prepared for more frequent trips to the bathroom!

  1. Helps you feel full

Yes!  Drinking enough water throughout the day will actually help you feel full.  You won’t feel nearly as hungry after you guzzle down a nice big glass of water.  If you are feeling hungry and find yourself wanting to snack on something, before you go straight to the snacks, drink a big glass of water and give yourself 10 minutes, you may have just been thirsty!

And there you have it!  9 benefits to guzzling down that water bottle and staying hydrated! Remember, you want your pee to be light yellow to close to clear (sorry for the TMI).  But that’s how you know you’re getting enough water.  And don’t forget to try out my little trick of writing the times down on your water bottle!  It’s a great reminder to get you to drink up!  Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

4 thoughts on “9 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

  1. I appreciate that you point out that headaches could be due to lack of hydration. My sister tends to always have a headache when she gets home from school. I’ll have to talk to her about drinking throughout the day.

  2. Great post! I really struggle with remembering to hydrate. I tend to get busy and forget until I’m crazy thirsty even though I know how important it is. I think it’s probably a major factor in my dry skin issues.

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