Where’s your water bottle? Do you have it with you? Reach for it and take a sip. You’re well aware of the common benefits of drinking water such as staying hydrated, keeping your skin clear, and quenching your thirst. And, we all have the same hate-love relationship with water – sometimes we’re fully hydrated and sometimes we’re not.
So, how about three benefits that will motivate you back to drinking 8 glasses of water a day?
Improves Your Focus and Memory
If you’re not drinking water on a regular basis, and around 8 glasses a day, you might be continuously cycling through mild dehydration. While you may observe ever-so-slight discomforts, your body may see it as a far more critical issue leading your body to influence your mood and ability focus. Our body alerts us to our mistakes by sending subtle signals now and again to nudge us in the right direction. If you can’t focus in your meeting or have trouble recalling what you ate for dinner last night, then ask yourself when was the last time you were fully hydrated.
Protects Your Kidney Function
Generally, this makes sense to everybody. When enough water goes through your body regularly, it is much harder for a buildup to form in your kidneys since water is continuously flushing it. You’re helping to prevent nightmarish kidney stones from forming and much more.
But, that isn’t the complete story. When your mind realizes you’re slightly dehydrated, it can go into a panic mode and try to retain water from leaving your body. This means it sends signals and orders the release of hormones which can block kidney function. Yikes!
Prevents Bad Breath
We’ve all been told to chew gum or brush after we eat garlic casserole (does that exist?) because of unpleasant breath. This usually happens because of bacteria and essential oils from some of our favorite foods. Water helps flush daily bacteria and reduce its ability to develop leading to bad breath and discomfort for anyone you’re speaking with. It’s a no-brainer!
Depending on your weight and several other factors, you probably need anywhere from 8 to 12 glasses a day. Don’t gorge down all of it at once! This amount needs to be distributed throughout your day for optimal function of your body and metabolic processes.
There are some brilliant water bottle designs and even smart bottles to remind you to take a sip. If that’s not your cup of tea (or water), there are some easy and handy smartphone apps that help you track your water intake as well. Regardless of your approach to drinking water, always stay hydrated!