A new year brings new goals. Most often, this means healthier eating, more regular exercise, and a greater focus on self-care. As 2018 comes to a close, homeowners are preparing to embark on their healthiest year yet. But, they’re forgetting the most important goal to add to their list – drinking more water. Water is a powerhouse of health. It can improve physical and mental performance, aid in digestion and weight loss, and can improve your overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, it’s often overlooked – until now. Discover why you should drink more water in 2019 and how it can help you achieve your health-related resolutions.
Without water, basic daily functions like walking and concentrating are nearly impossible. Water is imperative to cognitive and physical function. A lack of it may lead to impaired concentration, alertness, and short-term memory. If you plan on regularly visiting the gym in 2019, you will especially want to increase your water intake. Around 6-10% of the body’s water is lost through sweat during strenuous physical activity. As so, it needs to be replenished as soon as possible to retain normal function. Not to mention, dehydration can lead to reduced endurance and motivation while increasing fatigue. What does this mean for your New Year’s resolution of hitting the gym more often? It will become a lot more difficult.
Water and weight loss go hand in hand. In a University of Illinois study, researchers found drinking water had a handful of benefits. This included fewer sweetened beverages consumed as well as fewer fats, sugar, salt, and cholesterol in the participant’s diet. Most notably, a higher water intake meant a lower calorie intake. Wondering how much water to drink a day to reap these benefits? Researchers found that just one additional cup of water every day can make all the difference. While this might not seem like much, it adds up (fast). Water also plays a large role in the digestive process. When we eat, food builds up in our bodies and can cause bloating, constipation, and irregularity. Regularly drinking water can help move food through our bodies more quickly, helping us to avoid discomfort.
Water keeps our bodies functioning. Whether outdoors in the heat or indoors working out, water leaves our body through the form of sweat to help our skin cool down. But, when water leaves our body, it needs to be replenished to avoid dehydration and fatigue. Water also helps rid our bodies of toxins. This might be excess sugar from the holiday season or a lingering winter cold. During sickness, over-the-counter medication and the production of mucus dries out the body. Drinking water can help keep you hydrated while also loosening up mucus in your head. For the best results, make sure you drink high-quality water. Water filters from Culligan’s Water Filtration System can keep your home and body replenished with cleaner, safer water.
There are many benefits of drinking more water. If one of your goals is to consume more water, check out these simple tips on how to drink more water every day.
So, why drink water? Water helps us carry out basic, day-to-day functions. Not to mention, it keeps us healthy and energetic. As you finalize your list of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add “drinking more water” to the top. But, don’t just drink any water. Make sure your water is clean by testing it with Culligan’s Water Lab Test Kit this New Year’s. After all, healthy water creates a healthy home (and a healthier you).