Drinking water or getting #drenched as we like to call it, is pretty much considered the holy grail of healthy habits – and for good reason.
Ever heard the phrase water cures everything? Well, hot soaks and cold swims aside, it’s drinking the stuff that can provide the biggest benefits, not just for your body, but for your mind as well.
A few litres of this saintly sip can make you feel on top of the world and all you have to do to reap the rewards is remember to drink up.
So, excuse us while we geek out for a minute and uncover all the wonderful reasons to drink water – with some handy tips on how to up your water dose for good measure, too.
First things first, how much should you actually be drinking?
Two litres per day is generally accepted as the gold standard of water consumption, but some studies suggest women actually need a little extra to function at their very best, so play it by ear, and if you reckon you need more? Drink up - and don’t wait until your thirsty! Water works best when you’re enjoying it throughout the day.
Now, without further ado, here’s why we are passionate about our #dailydrench and reckon you should too.
Banish bad moods
Often find yourself losing your cool or getting irrotationally annoyed by life’s little niggles? Drink a glass of water and see how you feel. Experts say even mild dehydration can cause an increase in anger, fatigue and mood swings – especially for women. And you won’t always feel thirsty first. Sometimes your mood will change before the craving for an icy cold glass kicks in.
If your mood has gone downhill, studies show water has the power to alter your emotions and a humble glass of H20 is the fastest way to get back on track.
Pro tip: Get yourself a gorgeous 1 litre water bottle. Not only does it make water tracking super easy, you’ll also be more inclined to drink more water it when it’s inside a beautiful bottle, like, ahem, our gorgeous #DailyDrench Water Bottles for example.
Flush out all the nasty stuff
Without getting into too much of the nitty-gritty, water aids your kidneys in filtering waste and flushing out toxins. It can also help with nutrient absorption too, meaning vitamins and minerals, and all that other good stuff you’ve been nourishing your body with gets absorbed more easily.
Plus, it aids digestion by helping your body break down the food you eat more easily. Bye-Bye Toxins!
Pro Tip: Track it. We’ve included a handy way to do this inside The Head Plan Productivity & Wellness Journal. Fill in the little bottles next to your self-care and wellness actions as you go along. You’ll know how much you’ve drank, and it’ll motivate you to drink more.
Say bye-bye to fatigue
Ever find yourself yawning by 3pm? Or clinging to the sheets when the alarm goes off? Nope, you’re not lazy, you’re probably just dehydrated, and science proves it. Being dehydrated by just two percent can knock you off your game, impacting cognitive function, and limiting your concentration, alertness, and focus.
Get this: Nearly every system in the human body requires water to function, so when you’re dehydrated it’s no surprise that you’re unable to perform at your best. Forget fizzy energy drinks or cups of something caffeinated, it’s wonderful water that will give you the biggest boost.
Pro tip: Stick it in the fridge the night before. It’s the first rule of habit-forming: make it obvious and make it easy. When you walk into your kitchen first thing, your icy cold bottle of water will be there ready and waiting.
…And hello to healthy skin
Love a good 15-step skincare routine? Us too, but one of the most important things you can do for glowing, healthy skin is up your water intake, and there’s some scientific evidence to prove it.
One study suggests drinking just an extra 500ml of water a day increases blood flow through the capillaries in the skin, helping to improve skin tone. Others claim it can detoxify your complexion, slow signs of ageing, and give you that coveted glow.
If clear, radiant, healthy skin makes you happy then drinking water is where it’s at.
Pro tip: Flavour it - the healthy way. Add a squeeze of lime or lemon, or a slice of orange. Or go one further. Brew your favourite herbal tea and leave to chill for a hydrating treat.
Achieve your goals
Don’t believe water can make your dreams possible? Well, consider this. Water has been proven to boost your focus, alertness and concentration. It keeps you sharp and on top of your game.
Add to that, it keeps your body in tip-top condition, boosts cognitive function, manages your mood, and improves physical performance, whether you’re running a marathon or writing an essay.
Bottom line, water makes you feel good, and if that’s not a recipe for success then we don’t know what is.
Pro tip: Set a timer. If you consider yourself the forgetful sort, setting reminders throughout the day might help. A gentle nudge every couple of hours ought to do the trick.
Drinking water is one of the easiest and most simple ways you can care for your body and mind – and the best bit is it’s totally free! All you need is a little bit of discipline, and once you’ve seen the wonderful, energy-giving, mood-boosting, performance peaking benefits for yourself, you’ll be wild about water and easily make H20 a habit.
Has anyone else worked up a thirst?