Benefits of Drinking 8+ Glasses of Water a Day
Do you drink enough water every day?
Drinking a few glasses of water here and there might give you the idea that you’re drinking enough, but few of us actually hit the right amount on a regular basis. The truth is, drinking the right amount of water daily can improve your life in so many ways.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the health benefits of drinking eight or more glasses of water every day and how you can accomplish your goals with ease.
How Much Water Should I Drink a Day?
As a general rule of thumb, many adults think that they need to have eight glasses of water a day. While drinking eight glasses is great, the American Academy of Family Physicians advises that the suggested daily amount is a little higher.
- Women should drink 11.5 cups (250 ml) of water or more per day
- Men should drink 15.5 cups (250 ml) of water or more per day[i]
The amount of water that you drink every day will greatly depend on your lifestyle. On days when you are more active or in a warmer environment, you may require more water than usual.
The Health Benefits of Drinking 8+ Glasses of Water a Day
Drinking the recommended amount of water a day, or at least eight glasses, can benefit your health in many ways.
Hydrating your body can improve brain function, resulting in more energy, fewer headaches and improved memory.
Dehydration has been linked to headaches and migraines. If you have a headache, drink several cups of water right away. You might find an improvement in how you feel.
Many find that they suffer from constipation if they don’t drink enough water every day. Your entire digestive system can benefit from a surplus of water on a daily basis.
Prevent and Treat Hangovers
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that you will lose more water than you take in. This can quickly lead to dehydration. If you drink water before drinking alcohol, during and afterward, you can reduce the risk of a pesky hangover caused by dehydration.
Aid in Weight Loss and Maintenance
Not only is water zero calories, with no sugar or sodium, but it can also boost satiety. This means that you will feel fuller, longer, reducing the risk of overeating. Often, people mistake being thirsty for being hungry. Instead of reaching for a snack or an early dinner, try drinking a tall glass of water, or even warm water with lemon and mint. Wait 20 minutes and see if you’re still hungry or not. Drinking water can also help to boost your metabolic rate.
Pro Tip: drink ice water, as your body will burn additional calories when heating it to your body temperature.
Your skin is the largest organ, meaning that it contains quite a bit of water. The more water you drink, the better your skin will function. This can lead to brighter, clearer skin and a healthier, happier you.
Tips to Drink More Water Every Day
Having trouble drinking the recommended amount of water each day? Here are some tips and tricks to help you reach your goals!
- Drink a glass of water with every meal, both before and after
- Add flavour naturally, using lemon, lime, ginger, and/or fruit
- Keep a reusable water bottle with you always
- Set an alarm or notifications on your smartphone
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[i] Hydration: Why it's so important. American Academy of Family Physicians. https://familydoctor.org/athletes-the-importance-of-good-hydration/. Accessed July 13, 2017.