Today we want to focus on a couple health benefits of drinking water. Drinking enough water can help with weight loss in a number of ways, and can also help you fight off illness.
Water for Weight Loss
Drinking water is obviously very healthy, but many don’t realize it has major benefits when it comes to weight loss goals. One way that water is beneficial is when trying to limit calories. Water literally has none! 1 ounce has 0 calories. 1 cup has 0 calories. 1 liter has 0 calories. Get the idea? Drinking water in place of other beverages helps reduce the number of calories taken in each day.
Another thing most people don’t realize is that often feeling hungry is actually a sign of thirst, maybe even slight dehydration! Instead of reaching for the snacks in the cupboard, pour yourself some water! Staying well hydrated is another way drinking water helps add up to saving lots of calories each day.
BONUS TIP: Drink ICE COLD water. This causes your body to use extra energy (AKA calories) to warm the water up to your internal body temperature. It’s probably the single easiest way to work off calories, if you can call it work.
Fighting off illness with water
Water is under-appreciated when it comes to keeping people healthy. Everyone knows water helps fight off its most common enemy – dehydration. But there are many other health problems drinking ample amounts of water can help stave off.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., who has written multiple books on the importance of drinking enough water, claims chronic dehydration plays a major contributing role in many common illnesses and diseases. These problems include asthma, arthritis, colitis, heart burn, and high cholesterol, among others.
Drinking water can even help greatly reduce the risk of getting the flu, along with other healthy habits.
An explanation for this was provided by Dr. David Lewis of Great Britain who states, “The first line of defense [against airborne illness] is the mucus membrane in the nose. This acts like a sticky fly paper to trap things like dust, dirt and bacteria and prevent them getting to the lungs. If you are dehydrated the mucus membrane will dry out and when this happens it is half as effective in stopping the potentially harmful particles entering the system.”
Put simply – drinking water helps your body keep out germs. While this isn’t a guarantee you’ll never get sick again, you may be able to avoid a few days of misery each year by staying hydrated. And if you do get sick, be extra sure to stay hydrated to help get better faster.