Don’t Wait, Hydrate!

4:20 PM

We've all heard the lecture about how good water is for you and how it makes us about two thirds of what we are. Staying properly hydrated is crucial not only for maintaining a healthy lifestyle but also to feel better in everyday life. In fact, if you're not consuming enough water, you could be subjecting yourself to unwanted side effects such as feeling dizzy and lightheaded, having a dry and sticky mouth, or producing darker and lower amounts of urine. Luckily, consuming enough water to stay properly hydrated has some pretty great benefits which I discovered through my own experience of increasing my water intake.

Glass of Lemon Water

A few months back, I challenged myself to drink half of my body weight in ounces each and every day after having near daily headaches. Not only did I find my headaches to become more and more infrequent, but I also felt significantly better than I had in a long while. I felt healthier by making such a simple change. Here are the top five things I noticed once I upped my H2O intake:

Better Physical Performance – Water is one of the most important energy sources for your body as it allows your body to work more efficiently. As a decently active person, my muscles did not seem to fatigue as quickly nor did they cramp. Even my perceived level of exertion changed after about two weeks of maintaining my new hydration efforts.
Fewer Headaches – Constant headaches is why I challenged myself to drink more water. I am happy to report that, as a result of this change, my headaches have nearly disappeared. When they do pop up, I've noticed that they aren't typically as intense and go away much faster than before. For me, this is has increased my quality of life significantly.
Improved Mood – Perhaps this is a direct result of fewer headaches, but my mood has improved since this change. Though I am still not a ray of sunshine in the morning, by midday, I have much more energy and therefore a better attitude.
Decrease in Joint Pain – Water keeps the cartilage around our joints hydrated and supple, ensuring that our joints stay lubricated. As such, joint pain is less likely with a properly hydrated body. Between long runs and heavy lifting, I felt an immediate difference. My joints no longer bothered me.
Clearer Skin – With proper hydration, my skin practically glows. Without enough water, skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested, causing a host of unsavory results ranging from itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness. Though I still experience a breakout here and there, they appear infrequently. Unfortunately, the skin surrounding my lips is still as dry as ever, but I am optimistic this will improve with time.

    Want to try challenging yourself to drink more water? Follow these easy rules to up your water intake:
    • Drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water (i.e. if you weigh 150lbs, drink 75oz of water each day).
    • Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking. 
    • Drink water and other fluids until you urinate frequently and with a lighter color.
    • For an added bonus, consuming more water-dense fruits and vegetables will aid in your quest for hydration. 

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