Benefits of staying hydrated
Water is an essential part of life. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, meaning that we need to keep ourselves hydrated to function properly. But how much water should you be drinking? The answer varies depending on who you ask, but a good rule of thumb is 2 litres or eight 8-ounce glasses a day. To calculate a specific number for you, divide your body weight (in lbs) by two, and that’s how many ounces to drink a day. This number varies depending on your fitness regimen, your age, and your gender.
The benefits of staying hydrated are immeasurable, but Santevia has compiled a list to keep you motivated this New Year.
1. Better physical performance
When you’re exercising, your body sweats to maintain a constant temperature. However, sweating can lead to dehydration if you’re not replenishing your body adequately before, during, and after a workout. Dehydration can lead to decreased motivation and increased fatigue while working out. To combat this, bring a water bottle with you to the gym. Our favourite? The Tritan Water bottle, because it’s durable plastic is perfect for even the most extreme workouts.
2. Stay alert
Since our bodies are more than two thirds water, it’s no doubt that dehydration can hinder our alertness. In fact, studies show that even mild dehydration can impact cognitive performance and mood. So instead of drinking another coffee, opt for a couple glasses of water to boost your spirits and wake you up.
3. Prevent and treat headaches
Drinking water will keep headaches at bay naturally. Dehydration is a common migraine trigger. In fact, studies show that not drinking enough water may be linked to the common headache. To prevent the onset of headaches, we recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
4. May relieve constipation
Drinking more water will keep things moving - digestion wise. Staying hydrated will prevent constipation and help reduce the burden on your kidneys. Not only will this make you feel better overall, it will keep things working properly within your body.
5. Help with weight loss
Not only will water help with your physical performance, it has also been shown to promote weight loss. Drinking water before meals will help you feel full and prevent you from overeating. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger, which can lead to overeating. Above that, it may also increase your metabolism.
When your body is functioning properly, your skin will reflect it. Start the year off right, with glowing skin, by sipping on water throughout the day.