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Interesting Facts About NOT Drinking Water
- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world’s population).
- In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
- One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters investigated in a Univesity of Washington study.
- Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
- A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
7 Benefits of Drinking Warm Water with Lemon
- Boosts your immune system
- Balances pH
- Helps with weight loss
- Aids digestion
- Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
- Clears skin
- Hydrates the lymph system
10 Benefits of Drinking Hot Water
- Soothes a sore belly. Hot water will naturally relax the muscles that are causing some of the pain.
- Good bye fat! The cold fat hardens and stays, the hot fat melts away.
- Clearer Skin Naturally. Water flushes out toxins and impurities from our bodies which in turn helps promote healthier clearer skin.
- Calms a sore throat. Drinking hot or even nicely warm water is a beautiful remedy.
- Flakes be gone! Drinking warm to hot water will alleviate this problem as your skin will be hydrated nicely.
- Plump Grape vs Raisin. Who doesn’t want soft supple smooth skin?
- Balances your Metabolism. Up your water intake and watch your metabolism stabilize.
- Healthy Shiny Hair. Drinking hot water increases root activity and promotes silky and shiny hair and also stimulates growth.
- Let’s get that blood flowing. Hot water gets the circulation moving nicely, oxygen and blood get distributed evenly to the parts they belong to.
- Constipation be gone! Drinking hot water is still known as the best natural cure for constipation.
New Study: Drink THIS Much Water Daily
How much water should you drink every day? The latest study from researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City concludes that the old standby of eight glasses a day still holds. Here’s the surprising gotcha: If you don’t drink enough water, the greatest effect may not be physical–it’s mental and emotional. Drink just half the recommended amount of water, and you’ll likely suffer from mild dehydration. You’ll also have less energy, and you won’t be able to concentrate and focus as you normally would.
“For people who aren’t exercising a lot or living in a very warm climate, eight glasses of water a day may be a good rule of thumb,” lead researcher Dr. Wayne Askew told Reuters. If you do exercise and sweat a lot, then you need more than eight glasses to properly hydrate your body. Our bodies need water, primarily because water makes up more than 70 percent of solid body tissue. It helps regulate body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, removes waste, cushions joints, and protects organs and tissues, explains Reuters. Too little water can cause headaches, grogginess, and dry, itchy skin. When we become severely dehydrated, it can affect our blood pressure, circulation, digestion, kidney function, and nearly all body processes.
The experiment: For 12 weeks, 10 thirsty college students each drank four, eight, or 12 eight-ounce glasses of water per day in four-day test cycles. Between the test cycles the students consumed the amount of water they normally would, as well as during one other week during the study period. The students’ hydration status was measured at the end of each four-day water consumption cycle. They also answered questions about their general well being.
The results: Drinking four glasses of water caused the students’ blood plasma volume to fall five percent below those who drank eight glasses of water. Four glasses of water also produced more highly concentrated urine. Still, these physical symptoms of dehydration are considered mild–a suboptimal hydration level. What surprised the researchers was the effect this mild dehydration had on the students’ well being. Reuters reports that when students drank the least amount of water, they reported feeling less energetic and less focused than when they drank more water.
If eight glasses of water a day is good, is more than that even better? Probably not, although it won’t hurt you. Those who drank 12 glasses had blood plasma volumes that were 10 percent higher, but their well being was not impacted positively or negatively. The findings were presented at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, California