Long term benefits of drinking more water

By Bob Fear

Long term benefits of drinking more water

We know that drinking water day-to-day keeps us all healthily hydrated, and drinking more while exercising or in hot weather helps us in the short term. But what about the long term? We scoured for evidence of the benefits of keeping our hydration levels up over time.

1 - Improved brain function

Drinking more water may help improve your concentration and memory, and keep you in a good mood. Research shows that even mild dehydration can affect your brain function, leaving you feeling sluggish and foggy-headed. 

Not drinking enough water in the long term may affect your ability to think and reason clearly. Your body needs to stay healthily hydrated in order to adequately cushion and protect your brain.

2 - Less headaches

For those who tend to get a lot of headaches, drinking more water may help treat as well prevent them. One study also showed that drinking more water helped people with migraine symptoms. 

While there’s no universally agreed proof of the effects that increased hydration has on headaches, a fair amount of research shows that headaches can be a symptom of dehydration and drinking more water can help relieve them.

3 - Constipation relief

Doctors will usually recommend drinking more water to help relieve constipation, and drinking more in the long term may help prevent it. Our bodies need to stay hydrated in order to effectively flush the waste from our system.

4 - Kidney damage prevention

Our kidneys are our body’s own filtration system. They get rid of the waste but keep the good stuff we need in our blood. They need a steady flow of water to function properly. 

Not drinking enough water is the main cause of people developing kidney stones. Increased hydration can also help treat urinary tract infections and drinking enough in the first place may help prevent them.

5 - Weight loss

One way to lose weight is to drink more water, especially before meal times. Doing this can simply makes you feel more full, so you may eat less and consume less calories. 

One study showed that dieters who drank half a litre of water half an hour before a meal lost 44% more weight over 12 weeks than dieters who didn’t. 

Another study showed that increased hydration also increased the body’s metabolism, therefore more calories were burned.

So, the next time you're feeling thirsty aim for that extra glass of water. Feeling more thirsty than usual? Find out with our article the top reasons for excessive thirst.




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