March 19, 2021 | by: Amanda Misner

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Are you getting enough water? Here are some things that happen when you don’t drink enough.

1. You’re more likely to have health problems. Higher water intake has been linked to decreased chances of kidney stones, urinary and colon cancer, and heart attacks.

2. Your metabolism stagnates. In independent studies a person’s basal metabolic rate (the calories burned while at rest) speeds up as the body becomes more hydrated.

3. You’ll have to think harder to complete the same tasks. Scientists (Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London) found that the brains of dehydrated teenagers had shrunk away from their skulls, and that when asked to play a problem-solving game, they performed just as well as those who drank enough, but engaged more of their brains to do so.

4. You’ll eat more. A study (Institute for Public Health and Water Research) found that those who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before each meal consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories while eating. Over three months, water-drinkers lost an average of five pounds more than the dieters who were parched.

5. You’ll look more wrinkled. Water plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and enlivens a dull complexion.

6. You’ll suffer from bad moods. Researchers (Tufts University) asked members of the men’s and women’s crew teams to engage in 60 to 75 minutes of high-impact aerobic exercise without drinking enough water first. Others were properly hydrated. The dehydrated group was more likely to report feeling fatigued, confused, angry, depressed, or tense.

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Source; Medical News Today

~Amanda