4. Better Heart Health
Drinking more water can directly benefit your heart health by counteracting sodium. Sodium is a significant factor in heart disease and high blood pressure because it weakens the circulatory system and forces the heart to work harder. Your heart is also roughly 73% water, which means, like every other part of the body, it needs water to function efficiently. Some studies have indicated that people who a minimum of five glasses of water each day are 41% less likely to suffer from a heart attack. May as well push for eight glasses then, as that’s half the battle already, right?
3. Weight Loss
You may be concerned about weight gain due to water retention, but the long-term benefits of drinking water outweigh short-term consequences. Water can help you lose weight directly and indirectly in a number of ways. First of all, it stimulates your metabolism. Also, water can make for better workouts. Beyond that, water can act as a suppressant of the appetite. Drinking one or two glasses of water before a meal will make you feel fuller and eat less. Furthermore, drinking more water by definition means to some extent, you’ll be drinking less of beverages that are high in calories.
2. Saves Money
There is one benefit you probably wouldn’t think about when it comes to drinking water; drinks can get quite expensive, particularly if you opt for fancy coffees in the morning, or otherwise splurge on high-end juices and other beverages. For a fraction of the cost, you could install a water filtration system and receive drinkable water straight from the tap. The cash that would end up going to expensive, beverages ends up staying in your pocket. It may not seem like much, especially combined with the up-front cost of a filter, but in time it will pay for itself.
1. Improves Mood
Believe it or not, drinking more water can help in another way by improving your mood. If you increase your regular intake of water, you may find yourself inexplicably more satisfied and in a calmer state than you might be in other circumstances. Of course, the reverse is also true; less water is associated with negative moods and various ailments. These effects likely have to do with the way that water streamlines our bodies and helps them run smoothly. When they fail to do so, our body’s systems break down, and we feel the effects (sometimes subconsciously) and become upset.Related: 8 Signs You Are Dehydrated
Focusing on drinking more water is about building habits; if you’re looking to drink more water and less of everything else, it’s a matter of choosing to do so, especially out at restaurants or social gatherings. Still, it is easily possible to keep a balanced diet by drinking only water, as the nutrients you might find in other drinks can be found in food, spices, and various supplements. Drinking water regularly can do your body a world of good even beyond these benefits, though if you can’t commit to only water, try it briefly for a week.