Not only do flavored sugary drinks make you gain weight, but they also cause a host of problems in the body. They are laced with preservatives, added colors and sugar additives, which do more harm to the body than you can imagine. The benefits of drinking only water are immense. Here are the most definite changes in your body that you would notice if you replace each of your beverages with water.
Increased Cognitive Abilities And Creativity
Your brain functioning well depends a lot on the amount of water you intake. If you do not drink enough water it will trigger memory loss, brain fatigue and headaches. The organ itself consists of 85% water so it’s pretty obviously it is of absolute necessity to keep it hydrated. Many beverages out there you may be consuming actually dehydrate you further. And if your drinking them that means you’d have to drink even more water to make up for it…but most likely the beverages are replacing the water you should be drinking.
If you swap these drinks for water it will increase your brain function and improves your focus, memory as well as prevents disorders like a deficit of attention. Since the brain needs tons of oxygen to operate efficiently, and water is one of the great sources, drinking 8 to 10 cups per day can improve your cognitive performance by as much as 30%.
Increased Metabolism Rate
Your kidneys rely heavily on water to function correctly. If there is a lack of water consumption the kidneys will not function well. That, in turn, puts the pressure on the liver to take up the job of releasing the vital toxins. When the liver acts on behalf of the kidney, it has to overlook its job of metabolizing the stored fat of the body into energy. This results in a lower metabolism rate. It is terrible for the body and can lead to detrimental health effects. You have to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep the kidneys hydrated and maintain an optimum metabolism rate.
Water is by far one of the best detoxifiers that you can get your hands upon, not to mention the cheapest as well. If you supply your body with an adequate supply of water, it facilitates a proper transport of nutrients to every cell of the body, it flushes out the toxic wastes, it improves digestive abilities and (like we mentioned before) it keeps the kidneys healthy. Healthy kidneys are vital in the detoxification process as they ensure that the waste and toxins are released from the body regularly and are not allowed to build up. Furthermore, sufficient water keeps the skin hydrated and detoxified which means you will have healthy and glowing skin.
Improved Hair And Skin Health
If your hair is dehydrated it causes various problems like hair-fall, dullness of the hair and dandruff among others. As long as you stay hydrated though you can avoid most of these problems. If you drink only water you will have naturally glowing hair.
You skin will have similar problems from dehydration – like flakiness and dullness of the skin. You will also decelerate the ageing process by keeping your skin adequately hydrated. It moisturizes your skin, keeps it wrinkle-free. (It helps maintain muscle tone too.) But to notice the effect, you have to drink only water. Replace all beverages with water and your hair and skin will be radiantly healthy, youthful, and beautiful.
Improved Calorie Control
Water is an appetite suppressant. Drinking extra water is considered to be one of the best weight loss strategies because it curbs your calorie intake, and effectively helps you in losing weight. As previously mentioned, an increased hydration level leads to better metabolism which in turn is great for weight loss. According to the Health Fitness Revolution, Consuming 16 ounces of water just after awaking in the mornings raises your metabolism by 24%. Here is a good water weight-loss tip: Andrea N. Giancoli, MPH, RD, and spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, submits that drinking one or two glasses of water before a meal can fill you up so you naturally eat less
Strengthened Immunity, Heart, And Bones
“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” – Slovakian Proverb
With the performance of your liver and kidneys at full power, your body is efficiently eliminating toxic substances, waste, and salt from your blood. FullFitSure asserts that consuming adequate amounts of water neutralizes pH levels, strengthens your immunity against kidney stones and other illnesses, and supports pain management (body aches and headaches), too.
Replacing beverages with water will ensure a healthier heart, meaning the threat of heart attack is decreased. This is because staying well hydrated prevents your blood from thickening, and it lowers your blood pressure. Research shows that if you drink one glass of water an hour before bedtime it helps to prevent a heart attack or stroke because it makes it easier for the heart to send freshly oxygenated blood to the organs. The American Journal of Epidemiology published a six-year study that found that people who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack than those who drank less than two glasses a day.
Water helps with your body’s task of rebuilding shock absorber cartilage. This is important so joints can move smoothly, curtailing joint damage triggered by tension. If you replace all your beverages with water you will notice that your joint flexibility improves.
And As A Bonus…
So just give it a try…take on the challenge of replacing all beverages with water…even if it’s just a 30 day endeavour. Although, you’ll probably end up feeling and looking so great that you’ll continue!