What happens when you start drinking enough water
These benefits of drinking enough water sound great, right? Yet, nearly four out of five American adults currently drink fewer than eight glasses per day, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And seven percent of adults admit to drinking zero plain water on most days.
- Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough water each day.
- Around 60 percent of the body is made up of water, and around 71 percent of the planet’s surface is covered by water.
- Perhaps it is the ubiquitous nature of water that means drinking enough each day is not at the top of many people’s lists of priorities.
What happens when you start drinking enough water:
- feel more energetic: If you don’t stay hydrated, your physical performance can suffer. This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.
- It boosts skin health and beauty: With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
- It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues: Your brain is strongly influenced by your hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration, such as the loss of 1–3% of body weight, can impair many aspects of brain function.
- The digestive system gets smooth: Increasing fluid intake is often recommended as a part of the treatment protocol, and there’s some evidence to back this up. Low water consumption appears to be a risk factor for constipation in both younger and older individuals. Increasing hydration may help decrease constipation.
- It May help prevent and treat headaches: Increasing hydration may help improve headache symptoms and decrease headache frequency.
- feel less hungry and may even lose weight: This is because water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. Some evidence suggests that increasing water intake can promote weight loss by slightly increasing your metabolism, which can increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis.
Other benefits of drinking more water:
- It lubricates the joints
- It forms saliva and mucus
- It delivers oxygen throughout the body
- It regulates body temperature
- You'll urinate more