The Health Benefits of H2O

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It contains no calories and is unbeatable for quenching thirst, but despite all the benefits many people shun water in favour of unhealthy, sugary drinks. The recommended amount of liquid a day is it might not seem like a taste sensation, but we’re here to make the case why the humble glass of water should be your first stop when you need to hydrate this summer.

Glowing Skin:

Whilst it won’t give you instant results, drinking lots of water can help improve the appearance of skin. Skin has a high water content, and one of its primary functions is to act as a barrier against fluid loss. It’s not a magic fix for fine lines and wrinkles, but making sure that you are hydrated will help to plump the skin and stop it from seeming dry and dull. Radiant skin dominated both catwalks and red carpets this season, so what’s not to love? Just make sure you use a good quality moisturiser too and you’ll be glowing like a goddess.

Weight Loss:

Aside from containing zero calories – zero! – water also can aid weight loss by causing you to feel fuller, which results in you eating less. Drinking two glasses of water half an hour before you eat a meal is a great way of stopping you from consuming extra calories if you are prone to over-eat, plus it’s been suggested that drinking lots of water can help to speed up your metabolism. It also helps increase the rate at which the body burns fat – are you picking up a glass yet?!

Keeping Your Body Functioning:

Water is pretty vital to keep your body running smoothly. Around 60% of your body is made up of water, and it affects the functioning of myriad organs, including your brain, kidneys, stomach, bowels and muscles. Important for flushing out toxins and aiding in cell renewal, a water guzzler is also far less likely to get ill. Winner.

Energize Yourself:

Drinking more water means more energy, both mentally and physically. Dehydration has been linked to fatigue as the body functions less efficiently with lower water levels. Water is important for muscles as without adequate fluids, cells shrivel resulting in muscle exhaustion and a less effective workout.

Dehydration can also affect the brain, reducing mental capacity and severely impacting concentration; a fun fact is that your brain is mostly composed of water so when you’re dehydrated, this affects the brain.

A happy body means a happier you too; mood is proven to improve when you are feeling hydrated and healthy!

Prevent Headaches and Migraines:

If you tend to suffer badly from headaches, the cure might be simpler than you think. It can be tempting to rely on pain killers but simply upping your water intake can have a drastic effect on sore heads.

Plus, if you’ve been out on the town the night before, a couple ofglasses of water before bed can work wonders for keeping the next day’s hangover at bay.

If we haven’t convinced you to forgo the fizzy drinks and turn on the tap, we don’t know what will!

Top Tip:

Why not add a slice of lemon or lime for a subtle hint of citrusy goodness!

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