What happens to our body when we drink enough water?

We all know that water is essential for our health. We ourselves, our vital tissues and organs (brain, liver, heart) are made of water, as is the space between cells. Therefore, if we don’t drink enough water there can be important consequences.

The first alarm bell of insufficient hydration is, of course, given by the feeling of thirst. It is good, however, to prevent the stimulus of thirst by maintaining a constant level of hydration by drinking often, even if only a few sips. Let’s see why.

Drinking water is essential, especially in summer, for body thermoregulation and to prevent cramps, tachycardia, dizziness. 

Poor hydration has immediate effects on the skin: the lack of water, in fact, causes the sensation of dryness of the skin and mucous membranes, the classic “dry mouth”, but also the sensation of the skin that tightens. 

Staying hydrated is one of the healthiest habits we can adopt.

Also, if we don’t drink enough water, we tend to feel hungrier. In the longer term, the lack of water favors the appearance of dark circles and even premature ageing with a lack of skin tone and the onset of wrinkles. 

But, in the long run, there can be far more important consequences. Inadequate hydration, in fact, has repercussions on the tone of the muscles, on the joints and on the proper functioning of some digestive processes, causing, for example, constipation. 

Furthermore, water is essential to allow the body to purify itself. If this process is not carried out correctly, an accumulation of toxins and an increase in the inflammatory state can occur. 

Finally, the kidneys can also be affected by not functioning properly and not performing the vital purification action of the body.

So now that we have seen a few things that happens if we don’t drink enough water, now let’s see the way our body changes when we start drinking enough water.

What happens with our body when we drink enough water?

Staying hydrated is one of the healthiest habits we can adopt.

Here are all the ways our body and brain improve when we drink the right amount of water.

We will have more energy

Cells throughout the body need water to function as cells contain water and are surrounded by water. 

With dehydration, cell membranes become less permeable, hinder the flow of hormones and nutrients into the cell, and prevent the escape of waste products that cause cell damage and when this happens, we feel weakened and tired.

How much water do we need to increase our energy? The exact amount varies, but we are talking about 6-8 glasses of water per day.

Our memory improves

All synapses and neurons need liquid to function properly.

According to a research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one of the most reliable predictors of memory decline and mental performance is dehydration.

Our attention will increase

Do you ever feel like you have no control over your attention span?

Does your mind wander, no matter how hard you try to focus on the task at hand?

Drink a large glass of water and see what happens. According to a research published in the journal Nutrients, mild dehydration interferes with brain processing and breaks down the ability to concentrate.

Just like sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise combined with proper hydration make the difference.

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We will be stronger and faster

Do you ever feel sore during a workout, even if you haven’t exercised since the day before?

The difficulty you feel when trying to lift a heavier weight or push yourself a few miles further may be due to dehydration and not a lack of strength.

A research suggests that even a 2% drop in hydration can cause significant loss of strength and motivation while increasing the feeling of fatigue.

Drinking enough water will improve our digestion

If you struggle with the intestine and bowel movements, know that by drinking more water you can help the transit.

Our skin will be more radiant

Have you ever had a spa treatment, such as a massage or facial and your therapist reminded you to drink water instead of champagne?

This is because the skin can greatly benefit from hydration, becoming more radiant because our skin, the largest organ in our body, depends on water to produce new cells and give us a flow effect.

Our skin also needs water to do its job of regulating the body temperature.

According to a research, our skin contains 30% water which increases the elasticity and vitality of the skin.

Our mood will improve

Always hydrate your body, even when you are away from home and when it is particularly hot.

Even 1-2% reduction in optimal hydration can start to destroy our mood, according to a research from the University of Connecticut.

The moods of the women in the study under consideration became angry and they were more likely to experience headaches and fatigue.

In fact, precisely in summer, the need for hydration becomes more urgent as the body, sweating, loses more mineral salts which must be integrated with water.

What happens with our body when we start drinking enough water?

Think that once you start hydrating yourself enough, within only seven days you’ll have fewer aches and pains and bowel movements will become more regulated and frequent.

After one month of being properly hydrated you can expect clearer and radiant skin, mental clarity and muscle strength.

Beyond the fact that it makes us look and feel great, proper hydration is necessary for the proper functioning of every single organ and tissue in our body. 

Also, if you want to reduce the risk of diseases and disorders, like urinary tract infections, hypertension, coronary heart disease, glaucoma and gallstone disease, start hydrating yourself properly. 

Start sipping and start feeling great!

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  1. I drink so much water, I don’t need extra excersice since I’m going to the bathroom all the time. That’s all I drink 99% of time and if you would have told me in my 20’s I would be a water lover I would have called you crazy.

  2. How much water do you drink in a day? I seldom drink water… I know it’s bad, but I much rather drink tea all day. I don’t like the taste of water and lemons are expensive here, so I can’t really flavor my water with fruit. I have tried oranges but it’s just not the same as lemon or cucumber water. I envy those who actually like the taste of water!

    1. I’m at around 1.5 liters of water per day depending on how much exercise I do…you know Singapore can be really hot and I’ve realized that nothing is better than the water when I’m thirsty…back home I was a tea lover too especially in winter time…but from when I’m in Singapore I go for water…most of the time plain and sometimes flavored with lime…
      Try to always have it nearby, it helps!

      1. Wow, 1.5L is really impressive! Yes, it does get very very hot in Singapore. My go-to drink is 100+ in the summertime. Even in Singapore, I had a very hard time drinking water. It’s definitely something that does not come natural to me. Another beverage I absolutely loved in Singapore was cold Milo from MCDs.

      2. 100+ and Milo are very popular drinks in Singapore…I’m not sure why I did not fall for them yet 😊 but I do love watermelon juice freshly done from the hawker centre 😉

      1. Hunger and thirst is difficult for us to distinguish between and the feeling of ‘peckish’ and ‘fancying a snack’ for example are in fact thirst (or boredom…). A trick is to focus on your stomach, is it gurgling or talking to you in any way? If not drink.

      2. A good advice! Always listen to your stomach 😉 I did experienced it on my skin and I’ve learned my lessons…I always keep a glass of water on my desk! Is always easier to remember to drink it if I see it 😉

  3. An important post. During my marathon running days, water was provided at regular intervals. It was understood that if you were thirsty you had left it too late to take it on board.

  4. Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day. It’s especially important for skin health, with dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling. And who would want that! Thanks for sharing and have a lovey weekend. Aiva 🙂 xxx

  5. I’m a drinker, and I drink a lot a lot of water. At times I regret, when I need to go number 1 often 😂😂 it disturbs my work when I need to travel 😂. But drink more water, and it’s helpful, Water is the Basic and thanks for sharing more about water benefits… I’m surprised to know that water can do wonders apart from keeping us hydrated. Worth a read…✨👍 Stay Healthy… Stay Safe 🤗🤗

  6. My sarcastic brain’s immediate reply to your title was: “You’re no longer thirsty 😂
    Oh well, I do drink a lot, but I also wee, a lot… ugh, I feel like an open pipe 🙁
    But loving this info 😁

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