Drinking water is great. We really can’t say enough about it (although we try). Drinking water is the easiest way to stay hydrated, and staying hydrated makes you more alert, helps you feel fresh, and even contributes to a healthy heart.
But there are other benefits besides the obvious that you may not have heard of before. Since we love sharing the wonders of water, we thought we’d share a few awesome benefits with you.
Drinking Water Makes You Smarter
Well, in a way. Drinking water won’t make you a genius, but it’ll allow you to get the absolute most from your brain.
Studies have linked hydration with more concentration, faster reactions, and more creativity. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to give your brain the fuel it needs (not surprising, since 80% of your brain is made up of the wet stuff). You’ve probably noticed how sluggish and foggy you’ve felt after not drinking enough fluids throughout the day.
So, technically, drinking water doesn’t make you smarter. But, it does boost your brain power, and that’s a great thing.
Water Can Help Prevent Injuries and Heal Wounds
No one wants to be injured. Yet despite our best efforts, we often hurt ourselves playing sports, exercising, or even just walking and moving around. Usually, these injuries involve our joints.
A joint is made up of two or more pieces of bone with a piece of tissue – called cartilage – between them. Cartilage acts as a shock absorber. It performs best when it is properly lubricated, and that happens when you’ve had plenty of water.
Less water equals less lubrication, which means your cartilage won’t perform as well to protect the joint. Also, drinking water helps heal wounds because it helps vital nutrients and oxygen get to the wound site. The more nutrients and oxygen, the faster your wound will heal. Water is good like that.
Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
Want to slim down? Drink more water.
Water isn’t a miracle weight-loss cure like those things you see advertised online. But, it can help you lose weight by reducing the amount of calories you take in. How?
Simple. Drinking water makes you feel fuller faster. It also reduces appetite. In fact, a lot of times when you feel hungry, you’re actually just dehydrated.
If you satiate your thirst, and fill up on water, you’ll eat less. Also, staying hydrated helps your metabolism, which is your body’s calorie-burning furnace that gives you your energy (one of the reasons why staying hydrated helps you feel more energetic).
All of the above reasons are pretty convincing ones, we think. So, get your drinking water and go to town – you’ll be glad you did.