When was the last time you had a sip of water? If you’re struggling to remember, then you’re not alone.
A study done by Evian in 2020 found that just 22% of Americans drink enough water each day, while in the UK, a staggering one third of people go a whole day without drinking any water! However, water is essential for a number of bodily functions. Plus, over half of our body weight is water; it’s found in our organs, blood, muscles and bones.
Adults should aim to drink between 2.5 to 4 liters of fluid a day; this doesn’t need to come solely from plain water however. Tea and coffee count, as does skimmed milk and low sugar drinks. If you exercise a lot, or are spending time in hotter climates, then be sure to increase your water intake to account for the fluid lost through sweat. This also applies if you’re ill and are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting.
If you need some convincing as to why you need to drink more water, check out these science-backed benefits. It appears that water could be the secret to a happier, more productive work life…
It helps with productivity
Our brain is made up primarily of water, so even slight dehydration can affect cognitive function. In fact, research has found that even just a 2% loss of body mass due to dehydration, is enough to impact how the brain works. So, if you’re finding that you’re struggling to focus, or even struggling to complete mundane tasks, then it could be a lack of fluid.
It can help lower stress
Even slight dehydration can cause an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which triggers more stress in the body. It’s somewhat of a vicious circle, as dehydration causes stress, and stress can cause dehydration. When you’re experiencing stress, your heart rate is likely to be heightened, and your body is losing fluid. Keeping a bottle of water nearby at all times is useful to help counteract this fluid loss.
There have also been several studies done which show how a healthy state of hydration has a positive impact on mood, as well as helping to lessen anxiety and stress. In a 2018 study, those who drank the least water were twice as likely to be at risk of anxiety and/or depression, whilst another study found that a higher water intake helped improve mood.
It can relieve headaches
Even mild dehydration can lead to a headache; after all, our brains are made up of 73% water.
Work making your head spin? All that screen time plus work itself requires serious brain power. So, keep sipping water throughout the day to ensure your brain stays hydrated and properly able to function.
Plus, staying hydrated can even help with eye health. Staring at a screen all day can often lead to eye strain, however, ensuring you stay hydrated means there is enough fluid for eyes to remain lubricated, helping to avoid dry, painful eyes.
Water increases energy
Little sleep? Long day ahead? Water does more than just hydrate, it can also help with energy levels. Our muscles are made up primarily of water, so without hydration, they can feel weak.
Water is essential for life; without it, humans can only really live for a matter of days. A lack of fluid can lead to fatigue and low energy as the brain struggles to function properly without adequate fluid. Basically, staying hydrated is vital for a fully functioning mind and body.
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*Content written by Lucy Gornall