Whenever we talk about ways to improve your health, water is always somewhere on the list. There’s a reason for it: water is connected to a whole host of things that many of us just aren’t aware of.
Here are just a few reasons you need to drink more water:

Inside benefits

Helps with digestion – adding fluids to the colon makes it easier for things to move along as and when they should. Improves kidney function – bet you didn’t know that your kidneys need fluid in order to properly process our blood and sort out the good from the bad. Regulates your body temperature – sweat helps you stay cool when you’re hot, but without enough water there’s no way to stay cool; if you want to stay cool, drink more water.

Outside benefits

Aids weight loss – our bodies often mistake thirst for hunger, and drinking water before a meal can help us to feel fuller and thus eat less. Strengthens your performance – dehydrated muscles don’t perform as well as well hydrated ones, and this makes sense when you realize that water makes up 75% of our muscle tissue; pre-workout matters but water matters more. Clears your skin – drinking water can help to flush out inflammatory toxins and drastically the reduce the likelihood of you developing pimples.

Rejuvenation and recovery

Wakes you up – next time you’re feeling tired, reach for more water. Tiredness is actually one of the most common symptoms of dehydration, so while lack of sleep might be the cause, lack of water could be too. Reduces risk of pain – when you’re body is dehydrated or hasn’t had enough water you’re more likely to experience joint pain and muscle cramps; drink up to reduce the chances of that happening. Heals your hangover – if you had one too many last night, drinking water will help to soothe your headache and get rid of any feelings of nausea; it can also be used preventatively, so if you’re out for cocktails make sure to periodically drink glasses of water.

Ready to make this one simple change for your health? Lifesum’s water tracker can send you helpful reminders and tips for staying hydrated throughout the day.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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