You keep it in the bottle next to your desk and take it with you to the gym. It’s cool and refreshing, but common and old-school. You probably don’t think much about water and although it’s not a flavourful sports drink or trendy beverage like coconut water, H2O still packs a little punch of magic.
You’ve probably heard it all before… ‘You’re not drinking enough water’… but how much is enough? Can you drink too much? The information regarding water intake varies, with some suggestions saying you should drink eight glasses of water a day and others suggesting two litres.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers linked increased water intake to a slew of dietary benefits. Those who bumped their H2O consumption by one, two or three glasses per day ate fewer calories, as well as less saturated fat, sodium and sugar.
Drinking water also creates the illusion of fullness which can impact your waistline in a super positive way. Not only this, drinking water has a whole list of other health benefits…
- Water provides balance to the body
The magic of water is in the breakdown. H2O is two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen. All our organs and individual cells are composed of water, thus the breakdown products of water, hydrogen and oxygen, are vital for our body’s homeostasis, or state of equilibrium.
If you don’t get enough water, your organs aren’t going to function correctly and an insufficient volume of blood would be circulating the body. This is necessary for providing oxygen and nutrients to all organs, in order to keep them healthy and functioning. For example, insufficient water consumption would cause issues for the kidney function, thus causing further problems with the ability to clear toxins, such as urea, from the body.
- Water increases your energy levels
Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted! Dehydration is a major reason we feel an afternoon slump and a craving for food! Next time you feel that afternoon slump, grab a glass of water to hydrate first before diving straight in for that KitKat chunky. It could well be that you’re dehydrated and not hungry.
- Water improves your skin complexion
Numerous studies suggest that drinking water gives a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion. If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself in the form of dry, tight and flaky skin which has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. In other words, it’s the best anti-aging treatment around and it’s completely free of charge!
- Water aids digestion
Drinking water during or after a meal aids digestion. Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb that nutrients. Water also softens stools, which helps to prevent constipation.
- Water boosts your immune system
Adequate hydration has a huge impact on your immune system. Someone who drinks plenty water is less likely to get sick. Water helps all of your body’s systems to function at optimum levels, enabling the body to flush out toxins, helping fight against flu, cancer and other ailments.
- Water acts as a natural headache remedy
One of the major causes of headaches is dehydration. As far as relieving or even preventing headaches, staying hydrated is key. Next time you’re suffering with a headache, you’ll be better off leaving the painkillers in the packet and just drinking a glass of water. Regularly sipping water can reduce the severity of headaches and even migraines, reducing the need for tablets!
- Water can help to prevents cramps and joint pains.
When your body loses water or doesn’t get enough water, the nerve impulses from your brain to your muscles become deranged. This makes your muscles cramp. Drinking a sufficient amount of water helps to keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic, thus preventing joint pains and sprains. This is why it is essential to drink water before, during and after your workouts to prevent or treat muscle cramps.
The latest health buzz is surrounding hydrogen-rich water, or HWater which is essentially purified water infused with molecular hydrogen and is said to be rich with antioxidants and other factors which help ease inflammation and pain.
Athletes who have added hydrogen-rich water to their regimens have reported a drastic improvement in their recovery process. Arthritis patients have claimed that their consumption of hydrogen-rich water has helped ease the pain and reduced inflammation and every day users have conveyed the positive effects of hydrogen water in the context of anti-aging and overall energy increases.
At 80/20, we have a hydrogen water tap so are able to produce hydrogen rich water for our customers. Next time you’re in store, be sure to pick up a bottle for just £1.