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Find out 13 benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day!

Women's Best Health Team

Would you like to have glowing skin, more energy, a better mood and even lose weight? This simple habit could be the solution to all your health and beauty problems. 

Believe it or not, drinking water has many benefits for your body and can be the answer to your health problems. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how important water really is. The human body is made up of more than 60-70% water. We can survive for more than three weeks without food, but water is a different story.

Research shows that as little as 1% dehydration negatively affects your mood, attention, memory and motor coordination. The problem is: When you simply feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So start drinking water and enjoy its benefits!

How much water should you drink every day?

We tested drinking ONE GALLON (16 CUPS) of water every day for a month, which sounds a lot but after a few days, we have noticed significant differences.

This is what happened:

1. Your mood improves

Dehydration can affect your mood and make you feel depressed, nervous, angry, grumpy and confused. Dehydration can contribute to stress. By drinking more water you make sure your mental health benefits from it.

2. You have more energy

The first sign of dehydration is the feeling of tiredness. When the body begins to dehydrate, it means the tissues and cells are not getting enough water to make a person feel like doing anything. Enzymatic activity slows down and without water, the enzymes are unable to produce energy.

3. Drinking water helps to lose weight

Sometimes we think we are hungry when we actually are only thirsty. Our body only starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to lose some weight: drinking water and weight loss are highly correlated.

4. No more puffiness

Dark circles, puffiness and under-eye bags are commonly caused by the retention of water. Whether it’s from a short night, an unhealthy lifestyle or salty food. Drinking more water will help flush out the waste from your system, which will reduce the puffiness and make you look younger and fresher.

5. Drinking water is good for skin

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular drinking of water has plenty of benefits for the skin. It improves the appearance and health of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly.

6. You prevent premature aging

A proper hydration plumps skin fills in fine lines and wrinkles and brightens up a dull complexion. If you want to stop premature aging and fight wrinkles, drinking enough water is key.

7. Less joint pain

Water acts as a lubricant for your joints and muscles. It helps you maintain an adequate blood volume so that nutrients can move through your blood and into your joints. If you think of your joints like a sponge, imagine how much more easily two wet sponges can move against one another than two dry, hard sponges. Water also allows waste products to move out of the joints faster.

8. Detoxification of your body

Toxins are flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out toxins and it collects in our body.

9. Digestion improvement

Drinking a big glass of water right before a meal is also a great way to improve your digestion. It prepares your gastrointestinal tract for the food to come and enhances gastric secretions for a proper nutrient breakdown. The combination of high-fiber foods and water will increase the efficiency of your digestion.

10. You are less hungry

In a study with 45 adults, it was found that those who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before each meal consumed 75-90 fewer calories during the meal. Over the course of three months, people on a diet who drank water lost an average of 5 pounds more than those who did not. This shows another benefit of drinking water and weight loss.

11. It is easier to focus and concentrate

Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London found, that the brains of dehydrated teens had shrunk away from their skulls. When they were asked to play a problem-solving game, they performed less good as hydrated teens and used more of their brains to do so. Drinking water restores the brain to its normal size (actually the brain contains 90% water!!).

12. No more headaches

In most cases, headaches are caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate migraines. Next time you have a headache, first drink some water before taking a painkiller.

13. The workouts improvement

Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance. Water helps to transport nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, so you’ll have more energy during your workout. Plus, your muscles will recover faster, because our muscle tissue contains 75% water. Make sure to drink frequently two hours before your workout, every 20 minutes during and directly after your workout to keep your body hydrated.

Quick tips to drink more water every day:

  • Always carry a bottle of water with you (use the reusable water bottles).
  • You also can get water from food, not just from beverages. Eat water-rich foods like raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid sodas and caffeinated beverages, because your body needs more water to metabolize them.

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