• Poppy Evans

water and your wellbeing.

It is suggested that we aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day: this amounts to around 1.2 to 1.5 litres. So why is it so important that we drink water, and how can it affect our wellbeing?

woman looking through cups of water

I can be the first to admit that I definitely don’t drink enough water. I try to add it to my daily routine, but it’s very easy to forget. It’s important to remind ourselves of the benefits of drinking water and how it can impact our overall wellbeing to push us to drink more.

brain functioning and energy levels.

Drinking water keeps you hydrated, so when you’re not drinking enough of it, it can negatively impact your productivity and general mood. Studies have shown that fluid loss (which can occur during everyday activities) impacts:

  • Mood

  • Concentration

  • Memory

  • Frequency of headaches

  • Anxiety and tiredness levels

I can often tell that I’m not drinking enough water when I have difficulties concentrating on work. Similarly, whenever I feel a headache coming on, I will immediately drink a pint of water.

A headache is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration, and for some, this frequently results in migraines. Some studies have even suggested that drinking water can reduce headache frequency in people that suffer from them.

water and your mental health.

Research has shown that there is a connection between drinking enough water and having good mental health. Being dehydrated may well increase your risk of depression and anxiety.

According to Healthline, a study in 2018 showed that drinking more water lowered the risk of anxiety and depression. The connection between dehydration and depression was stronger. Still, results showed that anxiety levels were higher in those that weren’t drinking enough water.

When I struggled with anxiety and panic attacks a few years ago, I looked at what I was putting into my body. When buying a snack, the first thing I would go for was a chocolate bar and a Lucozade sport, or a fizzy drink. I made a conscious decision to change this and started buying water and fruit instead. I think that this was one of the most important steps I took in fixing my mental health.

looking after your skin.

Skin is the largest organ in your body, so it makes sense to keep it hydrated. Drinking enough water is a natural way to get the glowing and healthy skin we’re all looking for. If you are someone who suffers from spots or acne, it is super important that you’re drinking enough water! Spots are caused by toxins clogging up your pores. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated and therefore minimises clogging.

Furthermore, keeping your skin hydrated helps to maintain its elasticity. Drinking large amounts of water decreases scars, wrinkles, and soft lines, meaning that signs of ageing are lessened. As you get older, it will be more difficult for your body to retain water, making it crucial to ensure you are drinking enough of it now.

I like to picture my skin as a piece of fruit – once they are dehydrated, they become coarse and wrinkly. Drink more to keep your youthful looks!

weight loss.

There are so many reasons why drinking water aids weight loss:

  • Natural appetite suppressant – often we think we are hungry when it is likely that we need some water. Similarly, water takes up space in our stomach, leaving you feeling full and less likely to snack.

  • Water increases calorie burning – this can be during exercise or resting. Drinking cold water further enhances this as the body uses up energy/calories by heating up the water to digest it.

  • Aids digestion and helps to remove waste from the body – drinking water helps filter your kidneys. It minimises constipation, keeping everything down there flowing smoothly.

  • Reduces calorie intake – as water has no calories, drinking just water rather than other drinks means minimising your overall calorie intake.

  • You need water to burn fat – without drinking water, your body cannot break down fats and carbohydrates. In fact, drinking plenty of water increases your metabolism.

  • Working out – we must drink water before, during and after our workouts. It helps the lungs, heart, and other organs function and helps muscles, joints, and connective tissues move correctly.

drinking water when you’re ill.

When you are ill, you must drink enough water. Firstly, sweating, fevers and running noses all increase body fluid loss, leading to dehydration. Furthermore, drinking plenty of water relieves congestion and loosens the mucus in your nose, pushing you towards a speedy recovery. Similarly, staying hydrated helps the body’s overall functioning and is better equipped to defend itself against illness.

There are so many benefits of drinking water, all of which are important for our overall physical and mental health. Now don’t mind me, I’m off to get a glass of water!

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