Drinking at least two litres of water a day is the fastest way to reduce bloating and make you look younger, researchers claim.
A blog post on Australian lifestyle website Bed Threads reveals the many benefits of adequate hydration for both body and mind based on scientific studies from the world’s leading health organisations.
It’s been found to promote smooth digestion and enhance skin’s natural radiance while reducing the risk of headaches, hypertension and other stress-related pain.
Mental clarity and concentration are also improved, as is overall mood – all by downing the equivalent of eight glasses throughout the day.
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Drinking at least two litres of water a day is the fastest way to reduce bloating and make you look younger, researchers claim (stock image)
Promotes smooth digestion
Between 50 and 80 per cent of the human body is made up of water, with all chemical processes vital for life taking place within it.
We need water to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste products, which is why drinking enough is essential for smooth digestion.
Issues like constipation and bloating are often caused by chronic dehydration which is easily avoided by keeping your intake around the two litre mark.
Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition even cites increased fluid consumption as a treatment for recurring digestive problems.
Benefits of 2L a day
* Improves mental clarity and concentration
* Flushes out toxins through sweat and urine
* Enhances skin radiance and reduces signs of ageing
* Promotes smooth digestion
* Prevents headaches and hypertension
* Improves mood
* Regulates temperature
Reduces signs of ageing
Hydration is essential for healthy, supple skin, so it makes sense that failure to drink enough water is the fastest route to a dry, tight, flaky and generally irritated complexion.
Water has long been hailed as the world’s ‘miracle moisturiser’ for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and eliminating puffiness, particularly around the eyes.
As well as being extremely effective, it’s arguably the cheapest and most easily accessible skincare treatment at your disposal.
Prevents headaches and joint pain
Dehydration causes headaches, dizziness and joint cramps because the body is starved of the lubrication it needs for the proper functioning of the brain and muscles.
Persistent light headaches coming from the centre or back of the head could be a sign that you’re not drinking enough throughout the day.
So change your habits by carrying a water bottle in your bag or keeping one on your desk at work.
Increased water consumption has been directly linked to more positive mood and longer mental focus by a string of scientific studies (stock image)
Tips for increasing your hydration
* Always carry a water bottle with you
* Choose water over caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee
* Add natural flavours like lemon, mint or strawberry to make it easier to drink
* Always keep a bottle on your desk at work
* Always have water chilling in the fridge at home
Source: Health Direct
Improves mood and concentration
Chronic dehydration is known to exacerbate stress, fatigue, anger and even memory problems, meaning it’s vital to sip water consistently throughout the day.
Slews of scientific studies from world renowned institutions have proven the link between adequate hydration and a brighter mental outlook.
Increased water consumption was directly associated with more positive mood and longer, uninterrupted concentration, a recent study of female students by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut found.