Drinking water has so many positive benefits on your body, and not just staying hydrated. Yes, he human body is composed of over 70% water, so you need to drink water. However, did you know that there other amazing benefits – besides keep your body hydrated?
8 Lesser-Known Benefits of Drinking Water
#1 Clears toxins
One of your liver’s biggest jobs is to detoxify your body. By drinking plenty of water, you will help your liver and kidneys flush those toxins out of your body instead of lingering around.
#2 Clearer, healthier skin
If you’re not hydrated, your skin is more likely to be dry. By staying hydrated, your skin will be smoother, softer, less dry, and may even reduce wrinkles and signs of aging.
Cold water is recommended because some of the metabolic increase comes from the body needing to warm the water.
#3 Stronger muscles
Dehydration can cause muscle cramps. Drinking plenty of water can prevent muscle cramps and also help build muscle tone, resulting in stronger muscles.
#4 Increases your metabolism
A 2003 study showed that drinking about 17 oz of cold water can increase the metabolism by 30%. A faster metabolism often equals more energy too!
#5 Increased Energy
Dehydration can often lead to a “slump” where you feel tired without much energy. This is because water is so vital for your body to function well.
The next time you feel fatigued, try drinking a glass of water. Even better, stay hydrated so you don’t experience that slump in the first place!
#6 Weight Loss
Sometimes, we may feel hungry when we’re actually in need of water, not food. By drinking a glass of water, you can reduce hunger and reduce how much you eat. The next time you’re feeling hungry in the middle of the morning, try drinking a glass or bottle of water and wait 20 minutes. You may forget you were hungry!
You can also drink water before eating a meal. You may eat less just because of this!
These simple tricks alone can help you eat less and as a result, lose weight.
#7 Reduced Headaches
A common cause of headaches is dehydration or fatigue. Drinking more water can help with both of those issues.
Whenever one of the kids comes to me complaining of a headache, I always encourage them to drink some water before we do anything else. Most of the time, water does the trick.
#8 Improved Cognitive Function
Drinking enough water may even improve cognitive function! While the jury is still out on whether this is true for everyone, a 2012 study found that undergraduate students who brought water into an exam improved their grade simply by staying hydrated.
Now you know just how helpful staying hydrated is. But how do you stay motivated? What if you don’t like drinking water?
I’m with you there; I’ve never been a big fan of drinking plain cold water. It’s okay for a little while, but it can get boring very quickly. And I like variety.
Here’s How to Make Drinking Water More Fun!
#1 Add flavor to your water.
If you’re tired of plain old water, there are many ways to jazz up your water without adding extra calories or junk. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
Add a sprig of mint or a sliced lemon to your water.
Squirt a couple drops of lemon or lime juice into your water.
I also like to add a drop of lemon essential oil to my water bottle. It adds a perfect lemon flavor and another benefit (lemon essential oil can aid digestion and even help “cleanse” the body.)
You can also make fruit-infused water. The easiest way to do this is to add a few pieces of your favorite fruit (strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, etc.) to cold water. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the fruit and enjoy your fruit-infused water!
#2 Get a new water bottle.
Get something pretty or practical, find something YOU love when it comes to your water bottle.
Check out 50 Strong Simply Better Bottles. They have all kinds of water bottles, from straws that get Every Last Drop to a water bottle that mixes without leaving clumps, to innovative water bottles for every activity.
Here are a few of the most popular water bottles from 50 Strong:
The Gym Bottle has a secret pocket to hold your cards, cash, and even keys.
The Big 36 / Chug 36 contains more than half of the recommended 64 oz a day.
The Insulated bottle keeps your water very cold and has stylish designs.
The Mix It Up is a 24 oz bottle that has a unique tornado shaped mixer that results in better, easier mixed smoothies and protein shakes.
Why 50 Strong Simply Better Water Bottles are awesome:
- every water bottle is under $13
- BPA-free and durable Tritan plastic
- mix ‘n’ match parts
- easy two finger carry
- top-rack dishwasher safe
- designed to fit in most cup holders and kitchen cabinets
- 100% designed and made in the USA
- 10% of every water bottle purchase is donated to the 50 Strong Foundation
The 50 Strong Foundation is a non-profit foundation offering scholarships to people interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing. With an emphasis on empowered training and education to further careers, the foundation seeks to encourage workers to change America through manufacturing.
50 Strong Simply Better Bottles sent me a few water bottles to try out and I love them. They are so handy and perfect for busy moms.
I can’t decide which one is my favorite – the pretty pink “Mixer bottle” or the insulated “Be Happy” water bottle.
#3 Keep water easily accessible.
Bring your water bottle with you when you run errands. Keep it on your desk as you work.
The easier it is to reach your water bottle, the more likely you are to stay hydrated.
#4 Make it a habit of drinking water regularly
If you add drinking water to your routine, you’ll make it a habit and won’t even think about it anymore. One easy way to do this is to drink a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. This is an excellent way to jump-start your body.
I do this every morning and I’ve noticed I wake up a lot faster since I’ve started.
#5 Make it a challenge
One of the best ways to begin a healthy, new habit in your life is to make it a challenge and add accountability to it. Ask a friend to join you for a 30-day hydration challenge. You can motivate each other to do it!
You can also join 50 Strong’s CEO, mom entrepreneur, Ashley Thompson with her 30 Hydration Challenge. For the month of April, she challenged herself to drink 64 oz of water every day. She’s sharing weekly Facebook live videos and offering giveaways for a chance to win Simply Better Bottles. Check out the 50 Strong Facebook page for more information.
Will you join me, Ashley, and many others in a 30 Day Hydration challenge?
You can start any time of the year – summer, winter, fall, or spring; drinking water will always benefit you!
Kerrie Mendoza says
I think that it’s important for all of the reasons you mentioned to drink lots of water. So amazing what simple water can do for your body and your mind.
All I drink is water. Since I gave up soda back in college, my skin has been clear of acne. I haven’t had a break out in so many years. I love adding lemon wedges and other fruits to flavor my water. It helps change things up a bit. I do need to get a new water bottle. You have some really cute ones!
Jennifer Soltys says
I finally realized #7 last year. It’s a different type of headache, too. I definitely notice a huge difference all around when I don’t drink enough water! This is great info.
I’m glad to hear cold water is good for your metabolism as I love my water cold from the fridge. Cold from the tap just isn’t cold enough for me. I have noticed my headaches are worse when I don’t drink enough water so I can attest to that fact. I’ve never tried straining fruit in my water but that sounds like a nice way to spruce up my water, thanks!
Great tips, I think a nice colorful water bottle sure helps me want to drink more water. Sort of like dressing nice, just a happy feeling with all the colors.
What an astounding post on the Benefits of drinking water. I especially enjoyed reading about the Secrets to make drinking water more fun. A great share. Thank you!
Kylie Dotts says
I like how you mentioned that you could make fruit infused water to give it a bit of boost in the flavor. You could probably find some drink flavoring mix ins that would be healthy and tasty. That way you could keep using it again and again until you run out and wouldn’t have to worry about buying lots of fruit.
Amanda Drew says
That’s really cool that water can help you become less hungry and eat less.
Ridley Fitzgerald says
I had no idea that drinking water could do this much for us. It’s great that drinking more can even help build muscles. That’s something I’ve been trying to do recently, so I’ll have to make sure I’m taking water bottles to the gym!
Finn Stewart says
I like how you mentioned that water helps improve and clear up the skin. I’ve always had issues with acne. They say some people are picky eaters, but I am a picky drinker. I like my water to taste fresh and purified without all the chemicals. I’ll have to take this into consideration when I look at my water option.
Sandra Clayton says
Thank you for these tips. I try to remember to drink more water but always seem to forget. Your post has convinced me to step it up again. Going to pour a glass right now!
Earnest Watkins says
I found it interesting how you pointed out that drinking water before you eat can help keep you from feeling as hungry and thus improve weight loss. This is helpful to know since overeating is one of my biggest challenges to losing weight. I wouldn’t mind carrying a water bottle around with me to see if it really does make me feel less hungry before I eat.
Rosie Beckett says
You make a great point that water has a lot of benefits besides hydration like cleaner and healthier skin. I had no idea that drinking water will provide smoother and softer skin and even reduce wrinkles. My husband and I are thinking of having water delivered to our home and I will definitely share these benefits with him.
Gerty Gift says
It’s interesting that drinking water can help you with your cognitive function! I never would have thought that something as simple as water could be good for your brain. I’ll be sure to start drinking more of it from now on.
Helen Stevenson says
My personal favourite is tip #1 – Clears toxins. This is especially true when the water you are drinking is high in anti-oxidants such as Kangen Water