Are you consistently tired, have a lack of focus or maybe your body aches all the time? Perhaps these are signs that you’re not drinking enough water and staying hydrated.
Part of health is maintaining hydration levels as the body consists of 60% water give or take, it also requires a substantial amount to function correctly, especially in the UAE where it can become very hot especially during summer.
We’re going to discover the correct level of water to drink, the benefits of drinking water, the relation between water levels and body functionality and some habits to take on to help you always stay on top of it so stay reading.
How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?
Although there are different opinions on this topic and how much is actually required. Health authorities commonly suggest eight-8 ounce glasses, which equates to about 2 liters, or half a gallon. It sounds a lot, right?
However, some health ‘gurus’ have suggested that you need to be consistently sipping on water throughout the day even when you’re not thirsty.
Does Water Intake Affect Your Energy Levels and Brain Function?
One study in women showed that a fluid loss of 1.36% after exercise impaired mood and concentration and increased the frequency of headaches (1).
Although other studies have shown that mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) caused by exercise or heat can harm many other aspects of the brain functionality. (2)
Keep in mind that 1% of your overall body weight is a fairly significant amount of water loss and happens primarily due to sweat either from heat or exercise.
It has also been found that mild dehydration can cause a negative impact on physical performance, leading to a reduced endurance. It’s extraordinary to consider how the water affects the body and considering the temperature levels in the UAE. (3) These are alarm bells to make you aware to stay on top of drinking water all the time and to make it a habit.
Does Drinking a Lot of Water Assist in Losing Weight?
Yes, drinking water increases the number of calories you burn, which is known as resting energy expenditure.
Adult’s resting energy expenditure has been shown to increase by 24-30% within 10 minutes of drinking water. This lasts at least 60 minutes. So take into consideration that the studies looked at here are the effects of drinking, 0.5 liters of water.
When drinking water your body’s metabolism speeds up and the body can burn calories faster. Many studies have shown that drinking water can help you lose weight, many of the studies have shown overweight men and women drink water over a 12 month period with more than 1 liter per day and lose up to 2kg of weight loss.
Drinking Water Habits to Try
Start taking on these habits and you can potentially see a drastic change in your health.
1 – Drink Before You Eat
Water is an appetite suppressant, drinking it before meals can make you feel fuller, therefore reducing the amount you eat. This, in turn, reduce your overall calorie intake and if done consistently over a long period can help lose a lot of weight. For example, drinking water before just one meal per day would cause you to ingest 27,000 fewer calories per year.
2 – Replace Calories Filled Drinks With Water
Discard the soda’s and juice, replace it with water to help you shed weight. If water tastes dull, then try adding a lemon to give it a more refreshing taste. Water plus lemon slice is the ingredients to weight loss.
3 – Drink It Ice Cold
Drinking ice cold water helps boost your metabolism because your body has to work harder to warm the water up, therefore burning more calories and helping you to lose weight. Plus, ice cold water is just so much more refreshing than water that’s room temperature.
How do you know if you’re getting enough water?
The general rule is to check the color of your urine when you go for a restroom break. If your urine color is clear or very light yellow in color then you’re well hydrated. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink, especially if weight loss is your goal.