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Drinking More Water Essential To Improved Mood, Increased Energy

[Article reprinted from by Antonia]

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(NaturalNews) By the time a person feels thirsty, dehydration has already kicked in. This not only means that the urge to quench thirst is strong, but unfortunately, that the body’s mood, mental ability and energy levels have already been compromised. “Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we are 1 or 2 percent dehydrated. By then dehydration is already setting in and starting to impact how our mind and body perform,” says Lawrence E. Armstrong, professor of physiology at the University of Connecticut. Armstrong was also the lead researcher in a study on the subject of hydration, which reinforced the importance of drinking plenty of water.

Furthermore, Armstrong advises people to get over the “it won’t happen to me” syndrome. He says that people tend to think that only very physically active individuals are prone to dehydration, a belief that is false. “Dehydration affects all people, and staying properly hydrated is just as important for those who work all day at a computer as it is for marathon runners, who can lose up to 8 percent of their body weight as water when they compete.”

His study examined two groups with age ranges in the twenties. One group was comprised of men and the other, women. After being sufficiently hydrated the night before, each group walked on a treadmill to induce dehydration. Then, things like their reaction time, memory and reasoning were studied. Finally, these abilities were examined again but when the participants were fully hydrated.

The results show that significant changes to the body take place when it’s dehydrated. Both genders experienced fatigue and the inability to focus as well, even during mild dehydration. Researchers also noted increased anxiety and fatigue in men, although the incidences were higher for women. Women tended to develop headaches, whereas men were more likely to experience general fatigue or overall tension.

Benefits of drinking more water

Abby Phon, Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, explains that the body benefits tremendously by drinking water.

1.) Flushes out toxins and boosts immunity. Drinking water can keep colds and flu at bay and get rid of toxins through sweat and urination.

2.) Promotes weight loss. The full feeling people get from drinking water makes people less inclined to overindulge.

3.) Keeps the digestive tract healthy. Water is a natural way to relieve constipation and help with digestion.

4.) Increases energy. Having more water contributes to overall energy since it helps lubricate joints, keeps the brain functioning properly and staves off headaches.

How much is necessary? Current suggestions indicate that to stay properly hydrated, people should divide their weight in pounds by half. The resulting number is the approximate number of ounces of water that should be consumed daily.

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A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.

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  • I drink maybe 3 or 4cups of water a month,my skin is so dry,finger nails brittle wit constant back aches can u give me a substitue like a flavored water? I try an try but cant drink water. My friend told me to try wit a straw an it did work a bit. Please help

  • Kamicka

    Ida Moss, drink [ice] COLD water; this may help it taste better! I drink a lot of water at work, bc I do construction, so I hafta stay hydrated, but I realize that when I switched from “purified” water (i.e. Dasani, Nestle Pure Life, Deer Park, etc.), to SPRING water (i.e. Ozarka, it was even more pleasant to the taste! Look at the label to see if it’s Distilled, Drinking, Purified, or Spring. I believe Distilled & Drinking waters are filtered Tap water (not sure). Spring water is 100% natural, from a spring; Puried water has “added nutrients” for taste (says so on the label), but after I’ve had a few sips of cold purified water, then taste it at room temperature, it tastes nasty to me! But Spring water still tastes pleasant, if it was cold, then got room temperature… that’s why I switched, when I noticed THAT difference (plus being All Natural)! I hope that helps!

  • Lee Ntshabele

    I sometimes put lemon juice in my water and it makes it taste better plus lemon is good with vitamin. I take 3 litres of water daily especially when I’m at work. My sink is smooth, soft and hydrated.

    • Aphrodite Kocieda

      That’s a great tip. Lemons are wonderful for you! I think it’s amazing how water has so many benefits 🙂