We all know drinking lots of water is good for us, but why? There are so many benefits of drinking water, increased energy, healthy skin and better kidney function just to name a few, and perhaps if you have some more information about the benefits you’ll be more motivated to drink your recommended daily intake of water.
What is the recommended daily intake of water? To find that out you need to do a simple calculation.
your weight in lbs / 2 = how many oz of water you should drink
For us Canadians we need to do one extra step to find out how many ml of water we should drink. I usually plug in the amount of oz into a google converter to see how many ml I need to drink, and just like that you have your recommended daily intake of water.
This blog post is part of a water drinking series. After you’ve read this and feel inspired to drink more water you can check out these 5 tasty infused water recipes, and stay tuned for tips on how to drink your recommended daily water intake every day. If you’d like a sneak peak you can find a really helpful drink water app in this 6 fitness apps to help you achieve your goals post.
Drinking water increases your energy. Your body and brain are primarily made of water so it only makes sense that when we’re lacking we start to feel sluggish and tired. Keep your system moving well by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
Drinking lots of water is great for your skin. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably heard me talk about my frustration with my skin that has gone totally out of wack due to my pregnancy. In the last 4 or 5 days since drinking 2 – 2.5 L of water everyday I’ve already noticed a difference in my skin clearing up.
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Not only does drinking water everyday clear your skin it also reduces the effects of ageing. I had always heard lots of information about the benefits of drinking water on your skin, but it never really hit home until I read about this woman’s journey establishing good water drinking habits. The effects of drinking a gallon of water everyday in just 4 weeks is amazing! Read her full story here.
Drinking your recommended water intake throughout the day helps flush toxins out of your body and improves kidney function. I very rarely get sick and I partly attribute that to how much water I drink. If you ever start to feel like you’re getting sick up your water intake and mix in green tea with lemon and honey. I find that doing that generally flushes out whatever is going on and you’ll usually feel way better in just a few days and bypass getting a full blown cold.
Your kidneys are a major toxin flusher by filtering blood and removing toxins and any extra waste in your body. They also regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and balance electrolytes in your system. With all of these important duties you want to make sure they’re functioning properly and one of the best ways of doing that is through drinking lots of water. Added bonus, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of getting kidney stones!
With increased energy and better overall body function you’ll find it easier to work out when drinking lots of water.
This is generally something you notice when you don’t drink enough water. Have you ever gone to a class or the gym to workout and your energy level just isn’t there and your muscles might get sore only to realize you’ve barely drank water over the past 24 – 48 hours? I sure have and it sucks.
Make sure your workouts stay right on track by staying fuelled and drinking lots of water.
Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to prevent hangovers. Many of the effects of hangovers are caused by dehydration:
Prevent the effects of hangovers by drinking lots of water before going to bed. It’s best to drink water while drinking alcohol, but let’s be honest here, we’re not all going to do that, but what’s easy to do is chug down as much water as possible right before you go to bed. If you’re still not feeling so hot in the morning try infusing your water with some fruit for some extra electrolytes. You can try these 5 tasty infused water recipes that should help perk you up.
Generally I try to force myself to drink 1.5 L right before I go to sleep. It’s a lot, but I swear it works. It took Matt a long time to believe me, but he’s finally on the bandwagon and is convinced that water is the holy grail of preventing a hangover.
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It’s summer and it’s nice and hot out. When spending long days outside it’s easy to get caught up in the fun and end up getting dehydrated, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
For all of the same reasons as preventing a hangover it’s important to drink lots of water to stay hydrated while it’s hot outside. I always up my water intake by at least .5 L if it’s a really hot day, or if I’m spending lots of time outside.
Drinking your recommended daily intake of water greatly reduces headaches. Many people who visit doctors seeking solutions for their constant headaches are told they aren’t drinking enough water.
Personally if I ever get a headache it’s generally 1 of 2 things. Either a) I haven’t drank enough water, or b) I’ve had too much sugar. Both are super easy to prevent, and generally drinking lots of water helps both.
I really don’t like to focus on weight loss, for me it’s all about healthy living. The overarching point of drinking lots of water is to be living healthy and have a fully functioning body.
That being said if you’re drinking lots of water and replacing any other sugary drinks that you may have previously drank with water, not only will you notice so many great health benefits, but you’re also likely to notice some weight come off due to less sugar intake and having a better functioning body that can flush out toxins and doesn’t need to hold onto water because it knows it will be constantly refuelled.
As you can see drinking water is so so important for your body. If just plain old water doesn’t do the trick for you try infusing your water with one of these great infused water recipes. You can also stay tuned for the next post in the water series about tips for drinking enough water every day.
Until next time,