5 Benefits of Drinking Water for All Ages

Did you know that over half of your body is water?

And that many of the things we crave are actually our bodies’ way of telling us we need to hydrate?

Not only does water provide a whole bunch of health benefits - whether we're still growing, or enjoying the lives we've built - but it can also make us feel better in general.

There’s a reason we reach for water during a workout (and not coffee!).

Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do, so fill up your favourite reusable bottle, get comfy, and let's explore some of the ways that staying hydrated can improve all aspects of your life: 

1. Nature’s Detox

We're exposed to toxins and free radicals all day, and while we can work to minimise this exposure, it isn't possible to avoid it completely.

The good news is your body has an in-built detox program carried out by your kidneys and liver. But if you're not drinking enough water, they can't function at their best.

By ensuring that you stay well hydrated, you'll be helping your body keep your systems clear, while also improving its ability to move nutrients around to where they need to go.

This is especially important for those growing little bodies!

2. Increased Focus and Concentration

Think of your brain like a computer. Much like your laptop requires a cooling system, your brain needs water.

In fact, being well hydrated can help:
  • Improve information retention
  • Prevent headaches and increase concentration
  • Focus and overall brain function

Put simply, you'll feel more on your game and be able to perform better mentally when you're drinking enough water. And this extends to kids, too!

Can’t seem to get your daily water intake?

Try having a reusable cup close by when you're at work or home, and keep it topped up so that it’s always within arms reach and you're never left feeling thirsty! 

3. Stress Management

Do you struggle to get energy to get going sometimes? You may need more water!

Staying hydrated can lift your mood and make it easier to manage the stresses of daily life.

This is because dehydration has been linked to higher cortisol (stress hormone) levels and so upping your water intake can help relieve your body and improve your mood.

Think of your mind as a boat, and your body as the ocean - when you're getting enough water and staying hydrated, dealing with stress becomes easier, because you're sailing on smooth seas.

4. Get a Healthy Glow from the Inside Out

Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it's also one of the easiest ways to tell whether you're drinking enough water.

If you're well-hydrated, you'll find that your skin feels better and has a healthy glow.

Looking after your skin externally is still important, but if radiance is your goal, you want to ensure you're getting your recommended water intake each day.

Especially when everything from air-conditioning to sunlight - and even your morning coffee - can dehydrate your skin.

Remember, our body composition is more than 50% water, so it's important to replenish moisture and hydration both on the skin and internally.

5. Boost Your Metabolism & Digestion

Have you ever thought about the times you feel hungry, only to drink a glass of water and realise you were just thirsty?

Thirst is like your body’s built-in alarm telling you, “Hey, take a break, grab a glass of water!”

And we should absolutely heed that message!

Not only does it give your metabolism a boost, but water helps your stomach as well.

By sipping throughout the day, you’re giving your digestive system a little pick-me-up.

So really, water helps in more ways than you might think - and all are important for any stage of life.

While there’s certainly room for other tasty drinks, water provides many benefits for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Taking a drink bottle with you wherever you go, tracking your intake, and making water the first thing you reach for in the morning are all easy ways to boost your hydration throughout the day.

Happy sipping!

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