4 Reasons to Increase Your Water Consumption

Is increasing your water intake on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If it is, you’re not alone. Many of us aren’t hitting our daily hydration goals, but it’s not for lack of trying. Getting a new habit to stick can be difficult, even a habit as simple as regular hydration.

If you find yourself needing a shot of motivation, look no further. Below are 4 motivating reasons to increase your water intake for 2018.

1. Energy
Even mild dehydration can put a damper on your energy levels, mood, and overall performance. In fact, fatigue is one of the very first signs of dehydration. Upping your water intake can help increase energy, clarity, and a mood boost.

Try it: For an extra refreshing treat, try adding a sprig mint or fruit to your water. Not only will the flavor add some fun and variety to your water, it can also entice you to keep drinking your water. Customize your water flavors based on your mood or seasonal access to fruit or other ingredients. Have fun with it!

2. Skin
Increasing your water intake can help balance your skin. Good hydration supports soft and supple skin, especially during the winter season when cold, dry air saps the moisture from seemingly everything it touches. Battling acne? Good news– water helps to flush out toxins in the body, some of which are the culprits behind those dreaded spots that appear on your face.

3. Digestion
Drinking enough water can help with constipation plus help your kidneys and liver flush waste. Proper hydration helps the waste removal process move along smoothly and more frequently. If your bowel movements are challenging, there may be good chance you’re not taking in enough water.

4. Weight
To be clear, drinking more water will not cause you to lose weight; however, many people report losing weight as a result of increasing their water intake. There are a few reasons for this. First, water has no calories. When we replace our sugary drinks with water, we’re essentially cutting out calories in a relatively painless way. Water also helps us feel more full and satiated — sometimes those hunger signals we think we’re picking up are actually thirst signals. The more water we drink, the fuller we feel, resulting in less snacking. Keep that in mind the next time you find yourself reaching for your mid-afternoon, salty snack.

You don’t have to dig too deep to find a myriad of health benefits that go along with ample hydration. As with everything, individual results will vary based on your current lifestyle and health status, but, hopefully, these four reasons are enough to motivate you to commit seriously to your hydration goals this year.

This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.