Friday, July 15, 2016

Drinking Water as a Healthy Option

There have been several health benefits attributed to regularly drinking water: helping with weight loss, increasing energy levels and maintaining

Health benefits of drinking water include:

1)      Water helps maximize physical performance: be sure to drink plenty of water while exercising when exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods of time. Dehydration can have a noticeable impact on your body when you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water weight. Athletes commonly lose up to 10% of their body’s water weight through sweat while working out. Common side effects of dehydration include:  dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness, dizziness or light headedness, and can result in reduced motivation and increased fatigue. So staying hydrated can help prolong your workout, increasing its effectiveness.

2)      Hydration affects energy levels and brain function.  Studies have shown that mild dehydration (1-3% loss of body weight, can impact your mood, concentration, increase anxiety and frequency of headaches.

3)      Drinking water may help alleviate various health issues, including kidney stones and constipation.

4)      Drinking water can help with weight loss studies have shown drinking water can increase your body feeling full, and boost your metabolic rate. Drinking 17 ounces of water was shown to increase metabolic activity by 25% for up to 1.5 hours. Additionally, drinking water before meals can make you feel fuller, thus reducing the amount you eat.


So the next time you are reaching for a refreshing beverage, bottled water is usually your healthiest option.