One huge benefit of drinking more water is that in doing so, you will also decrease your overall daily calorie intake, along with consuming less salt, sugar, and cholesterol.
One study found that people who increased their daily water intake by 1-3 cups daily decreased their calorie intake by 68-205.
They also decreased their sodium intake by 78-235 milligrams daily.
The participants consumed 5-18 grams less sugar per day, along with 7-21 milligrams less cholesterol.
What a simple and easy way to improve your health!
The same study noted above found that most participants only consumed 4.2 cups of plain water daily, on average.
To put that into perspective, The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 9 cups of water for women, 13 for men, and even more if you are active.
Dehydration can have noticeable effects on you when you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content.
It is not uncommon for an athlete to lose as much as 6-10% through sweat in a single workout.
This is exactly why proper rehydration is so important!
Some effects of dehydration in the short term are:
- Hindered body temperature regulation
- Increased fatigue
- Reduced motivation
Staying properly hydrated throughout a workout can help to keep you focused, and performing at your best!