There is wide variety of factors, which can make you feel exhausted, apathetic and a little bit nervous. Lack of sleep, poor diet, hormonal fluctuations can really affect your well-being.
But did you know that sometimes it can be improved by…drinking water?
It sounds too simple to be true but it is.
In fact, more than 60% of your body consists of fluid. It helps sustain functioning of every organ, including the heart, muscles, brain and intestine.
Unfortunately many of us forget about importance of drinking water and risk suffering from dehydration.
It’s especially common problem among older adults, who don’t feel thirsty, even if their bodies contain too little water. Some of them take diuretic pills that leads to significant loss of fluid. Sometimes dehydration may be so severe that person’s blood pressure drops down, he or she becomes confused, weak and dizzy.
It’s very important to fill the fluid loss during exercises. If you don’t meet body’s requirements for water, your body temperature increases, heart works too hard, muscles become weak and physical performance decline dramatically. All these factors can not only deteriorate your physical performance, but also cause harm to your health.
Lack of energy, troubles concentrating and impaired brain performance may also occur, if you don’t take enough fluid. Even mild dehydration was found to influence on the mood and mental functioning.
If you suffer from the headache, maybe it’s time to drink a glass of water. Specialists say that sometimes inadequate fluid intake may trigger migraine pain or dull headache all over the head.
If unpleasant sensations in your head are caused by lack of fluid, drinking water is the best treatment.
All dietitians unanimously claim that drinking enough clear water is essential part of weight loss diet. The reason is that it can really boost your metabolism and make you feel satiated more quickly.
Two studies show that taking half a liter of water can increase metabolic rate up to 30% for 1.5 hours. So, if you drink two liter of water a day, you spend 96 extra calories.
If your goal is losing weight, it’s a good idea to drink water 20-30 minutes before meals, as it helps reduce appetite and eat less calories.
So, how much water is enough to stay healthy and active? This depends on your physical activity, environment, age and worn clothing. The average demand for healthy adult is nearly 1-1.5 liters (30-50 ounces) of water a day.
Don’t try to keep water balance by drinking high-sugar beverages, which can only give you extra calories and impair stomach functioning.
Drink lemon water, eat salads, cucumbers, radishes, watermelon, strawberries and other hydrating foods to maintain your fluid balance and enhance well-being.