Five reasons you should start drinking more water
Most people are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. According to the Mayo Clinic and the Institute of Medicine, women need about 2.2 litres of fluid per day, while men should be drinking 3 litres – that’s 13 whole cups of water each day! The average person drinks far less than this recommended amount.
Many people simply forget to rehydrate – whether it’s by failing to have a glass of water with their lunch, or by going to the gym without a drinking bottle. Even if you spend your days sitting in an office, you may quickly become dehydrated thanks to the the warm, dry air around you. And although you might not feel thirsty, your body is probably sending you signals to tell you that it needs more fluids. Here are just five of the differences which you’ll notice when you start drinking more water.
You’ll get more done at work
Do you often feel ready for a nap by the time it’s 2 pm? If you don’t drink enough water, you can quickly become lethargic, since your brain needs fluids at regular intervals in order to keep functioning at its best. Studies have shown that drinking more water improves both, concentration and memory, as well as alertness. This means that if you want to be more productive in your job, you need to make sure that you’re properly hydrated. Otherwise, you’ll be struggling to pay attention to the things you need to do.
You won’t feel as stressed
Water also helps you to relax, and has been scientifically proven to improve your mood. Perhaps you often notice that you get irritable when you’re hungry – well, being thirsty can make you short-tempered and unhappy, too. Researchers from Tufts found out that athletes’ moods are extremely sensitive to their hydration levels, but a bottle of water or sports drink will fight negative emotions. It’ll help you to feel less anxious and upset: after all, your brain needs adequate amounts of water to produce serotonin, which is the main chemical that affects your mood.
You’ll be more athletic
The human body needs nutrients to function, and these nutrients can only be properly distributed if you drink enough water. In the gym, you might end up feeling weak and shaky if you don’t stay properly hydrated during your workout – according to Meredith Decker, from the California University of Pennsylvania, even “dehydration of 1 percent to 2 percent of body weight begins to compromise physiological functions and negatively influences performance.” This means that if you haven’t had quite enough water, your heart will have to work harder during exercise, and you’ll get tired more quickly.
Your immune system will be stronger
Another way in which water makes your body stronger is by improving the functioning of your immune system. If you are plagued by coughs and colds, and feel like you’re getting sick far too often, the simplest step you can take is simply to drink more fluids. This helps with the production of lymph, a substance which works to remove toxins from the blood. When you’re properly hydrated, these toxins are then flushed from your body by your kidneys – leaving you perfectly happy and healthy.
You’ll look better
Last but not least, drinking more water could be the cure for your dry and problematic skin. After all, your skin contains lots of water, so you need to be adequately hydrated in order to ensure that your face stays smooth and wrinkle-free. Getting the recommended amount of fluids per day will also help to improve your circulation, giving you a natural, healthy glow... and who wouldn’t want that?
How to get more water
When you look at all the numerous health benefits involved, it’s clear that everyone should be making an effort to drink more water. There are lots of ways that you can help yourself to stay hydrated, and carrying a water bottle with you at all times is a great first step.
To make your drink even more enjoyable, a great tip is to add flavour to your water. This makes them more appealing, so that you’re more inclined to drink lots, and stay well-hydrated. ViCAP’s Sport-Cap-Closure lets you store flavourings separately from your water, so that they stay fresh. You can then mix them in whenever you want a delicious drink. The ViCAP is also perfect for storing vitamins or electrolyte powders, both of which add extra nutritional value to your drink, and help your body to absorb the fluid even more quickly.
The Sport-Cap-Closure allows you to have tasty drinks which rehydrate your body quickly and effectively, so that you can experience all of the great benefits of drinking more water.