Staying hydrated can make all the difference.
Getting healthy might seem like a monumental task, but there are a few simple things you can do that are surprisingly effective. Of those, drinking enough water is probably the simplest and most effective way to start, so let's run through the many reasons why.
It Can Help You Lose/Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Experts say that your body actually has a difficult time telling whether you're hungry or thirsty. So if you're trying to lose weight, and you feel yourself getting hungry at odd times, it could mean you're just thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water and see if that helps curb your appetite.
On top of that, being adequately hydrated helps your metabolism running smoothly. According to WebMD, even "being 1 percent dehydrated can cause a significant drop in your metabolism".
It Allows You to Maintain Proper Kidney Function
When you're chronically dehydrated there's a higher concentration of minerals and waste products in your blood and that can accumulate in the kidneys or cause kidney stones. Studies have shown that people who maintain an adequate level of hydration are 30 percent less likely to suffer from kidney stones.
Being Hydrated Helps With Your Digestive Tract
If feeling constipated is a regular occurrence, dehydration could be the culprit. Also, if you drink a glass of water before eating, you'll eat less -- 75 calories on average to be exact.
You'll Feel Better
According to a study performed by researchers at the University of Connecticut, even mild dehydration can negatively affect a person's mood, their ability to think clearly, and their energy levels. If you're feeling a bit down, maybe all you need is a few glasses of water (and probably a restful night's sleep).
So, when do you know you're hydrated? Well, that differs from person to person, but once your urine becomes a very pale yellow then you're right where you need to be. If it's a dark yellow or particularly pungent, then you're more dehydrated.
What are your thoughts? Do you notice any difference when you're properly hydrated? Let us know in the comments!