Water is free (or at least close to free). And I don’t just mean that in the monetary sense.
Water is hands-down the best beverage to choose because it has zero calories. Drinking water before meals helps fill the stomach at the cost of zero calories. This will help you feel full and eat less during the meal. Winning!
Drinking the right amount of water has a bigger impact on your ability to pass waste than the amount of fiver you eat. Now, I’m certainly not saying that fiber isn’t important, but if you want to have good poops, you have to drink plenty of water. That’s enough on that topic because we are dangerously close to TMI.
Studies show that you’ll perform better on tests or other brain activities if your brain is properly hydrated. You’ll also be in a better mood which will increase your fun factor. Bonus!
Many headaches are actually related to dehydration. Since our brains are about 75% water, they need lots of fluid to properly function. Without water, it’s like your brain is “drying out”, and that can cause painful headaches.
Researchers discovered that drinking 500 ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30% within 10 minutes. They estimated that drinking 1.5 liters of water a day will burn an extra 17,400 calories. This alone will produce an annual weight loss of approximately five pounds. Cheers!
A 2012 study found that mild dehydration can lead to inattention. According to Harris Lieberman, PhD, a research psychologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, “…a decrease in your ability to focus is an early warning signal that it’s time to drink up.”
Water increases energy. Fatigue is often related to dehydration because your body simply cannot function properly without water. Feel like you’re dragging in the afternoon? Have a big glass of water and see how it perks you up.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you think you’re hungry, a big glass of water satisfies the urge to chow down? Very often, thirst is mistaken for hunger, and though you think it’s time for a big, juicy burger, what you really need is a nice, tall glass of ice water.
Dehydration causes muscle fatigue. Even slight dehydration will negatively affect your athletic performance and cause loss of coordination. So if you want to increase your chances of winning, drink more water 24 hours before your next race.