Do you want to lose weight, have skin that glows, think more clearly and have better overall health?
For a Simple cost of…
You can have all of these things!
Just go into your kitchen right now and turn on your tap.
That’s right, I’m talking about water.
Fill up your glass and drink it.
Did you know water increases your mood and your cognitive ability?
The study was lead by Biological psychologist Kristen D’Anci, with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Mass. (see resources list at bottom of this article to access link)
What they found in the study was that the athletes who did not hydrate during their athletic event rated their moods lower than those who were hydrated. Also, they scored lower on cognitive tests.
Many of us spend our days dehydrated. If we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated.
Our body is 50-75% water. We depend on water to move nutrients throughout our body and flushes out waste. Without it we die.
Think of your body like a plant. You know when you look into the garden on a hot day when the plants are thirsty. The leaves droop and curl and hang from their stems. Our skin does the same thing when we are thirsty (aka dehydrated)!
When we are dehydrated we feel lifeless, tired, grumpy and maybe even confused!
We need water!
NOTE: The last thing we need in this moment is a coffee! I’m a real coffee lover, but when I drink more water I am more energized than I am when I’m relying on coffee for energy.
If you are dehydrated and drinking coffee, it will only contribute to your dehydration and it probably not give you the kick in the butt you are looking for… But water will!
Water helps keep our joints lubricated. If you are taking glucosamine for your joints, it probably won’t have it’s full effect unless you are drinking water. Glucosamine helps the joints absorb water… if you aren’t drinking enough water, then you are wasting your money buying glucosamine.
Studies have also found that drinking water can prevent certain types of cancer such as colon and bladder cancer.
***That sounds good, how do I start?***
I’ve struggled for a long time to drink enough water. I eat a lot of fruit which I would probably crave because I was dehydrated. Since I have started incorporating more water into my life I feel more alive, invigorated and capable. It’s fun.
Some ways that I have gotten into the routine of drinking water are:
1) I changed how I think. Instead of thinking to myself when I am tired “I need a coffee” I think to myself “I need water!”
2) I keep water around all of the time. I keep it in my van and drink it on long red lights.
3) I keep a glass of water at my desk at work and I drink out of a straw because I think straws are fun
4) I drink decaffeinated tea like it is going out of style. My favourite right now is Bengal Spice. I make an entire pot full of tea and let it sit on the stove. I drink it hot, I drink it cold, I drink it weak, I drink it bold. Bengal spice here and there, bengal spice everywhere!
5) I buy lemons and limes to put in my water to give it some flavour and increase the appeal.
I hope some of these tips help you to increase your mood and your wellbeing by increasing your water intake. If I can do it, you can too
Also in this post I want to mention how important water is in our world and how important it is that we do what we can to keep our glaciers/rivers/oceans/lakes in existence and clean.
Be grateful for your access water every day. It may not always be this way. Be aware that
780 million people in this world do not have access to clean water.
Water study on athletes cognitive abilities and mood:
Water prevents bladder cancer:
Water (along with physical activity) prevents colon cancer: