The benefits of staying hydrated

Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so it’s no wonder we move, look and feel better when we’re properly hydrated. You’d be surprised how easy it is for us to become dehydrated – by the time you feel thirsty, your body is always 2% dehydrated. This means it’s super important to keep drinking water all day long to keep those hydration levels high! Here’s why you should make the effort to stay hydrated.

Cognitive function

Being dehydrated can have effects on your short-term memory and arithmetic ability (1). Without even realising, you use these in day-to-day responsibilities. Not drinking  enough water can have slow down your productivity.

Workout effectively

Hydration can reduce oxidative stress. This means you are less likely to get DOMS post-workout, but also means your muscles can work to the best of their ability (2). Water also lubricates your joints which improves rate of movement, flexibility and injury prevention.

Digestion

Drinking lots of water keeps bowel movements regular and aids digestive health. It also lessens bloating – to further help bloating, add lemon to your water and sip all day!

Lose weight

If you’re trying to shed a few pounds, try drinking two glasses of water before each meal. It will fill you up a bit so you’re not tempted to have a large portion or sneaky seconds! Also, because water aids digestion, your body will work much more efficiently to speed up your metabolism.

More energy

If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel sluggish and tired – you definitely won’t have the sparkle! Try drinking a glass of water every 1-2 hours to make sure you are as energised as possible throughout the day.

Reduce black circles

If you deprive your body of water, you’ll notice some cosmetic changes in your body. One of them is black circles. When you’re dehydrated, your skin shrinks and it isn’t as plump. This means that your black circles are much closer to the surface and more noticeable. Fill your cells with water to get rid of them (and also get enough sleep!).

Soft skin

Hydrated body = hydrated skin. You can moisturise all you want, but without sufficient water in your skin cells, you won’t get that moisturised, supple skin look. This can effect your skin tone, too. You might find that upping your water intake could lessen your need for foundation as you’ll have a naturally healthy glow.

Hey Hey! I’m Katie ~ the Content Editor here at Zaggora. I work with our incredible team to research health and fitness trends and working with our amazing experts and contributors. I have a passion for creative writing, going to the gym and doing home-based workouts. I also love hunting down the latest coffee houses!

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