Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks. This is a scary stat, since sugary soda is a huge health hazard, upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water, which doesn’t have negative side effects. So help put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless.
Roughly 70 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
Forget other diet tricks—drinking water could also help with weight loss. Numerous studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds . Water simply helps people feel full and as a result consume fewer calories.
Sweating causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that last set!
Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. Water flushes out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples.
Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluid to clear away what we don’t need in the body. Let's drink to that!
In order to really focus, a glass of water could help people concentrate and stay refreshed and alert.
Move over coffee—water can help fight those tired eyes too. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big glass!
A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated.
Water may help with congestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather. Just beware—drinking fluids hasn’t been scientifically shown to beat colds in one swoop, so don’t swap this for a trip to the doctor or other cold remedies.
A study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking. While it’s unclear if drinking the water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn’t hurt to try it out!