Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Benefits of Drinking More Water (A 2014 Resolution)



We are all reminded on a regular basis about the many benefits that come with drinking plenty of water. I for one used to be absolutely rubbish at keeping my body hydrated, and would survive on caffeine and endless bottles of diet coke. At the beginning of last year I decided that this needed to change, and throughout 2014 I made a conscious effort to drink at least 2-3 litres of plain water a day. I can happily say that I managed to keep it up, and it made a world of a difference to my health and well being! Initially I was just hoping to nourish my dry skin, but over time I noticed other positive changes that I wouldn't have expected. Who knew a bottle of H20 could be such a bladdy miracle worker?!

No more headaches. I used to get headaches on a daily basis that would often leave me squinting in pain. At the time I thought it was a side effect of my pill, but now I realise it was because I was so dehydrated. As soon as I started drinking more water they subsided - now I hardly ever get them.

Fuller for longer. I've noticed my appetite has shrunk considerably over the past year, whereas before I would constantly pick at food and never really feel 'full.' Believe it or not, thirst can often be mistaken for hunger! Although I love my grub I no longer feel the need to snack excessively, which in the long run has helped me maintain my weight. 

More energy. For years I'd often feel lethargic and sluggish during the day, even if I'd had eight hours sleep the night before. Some afternoons I'd be so low on energy I'd feel shattered just walking up the stairs. Drinking more water has helped me feel much more alert and clear-headed. 

No hangovers. This ties in with the first point, but I thought it was worth a mention regardless. I'm sure you're all aware that too much alcohol dehydrates you, which is what leaves you feeling sick and headach-ey the morning after a night out. I always used to get so poorly when I drank - I would literally be bedridden for 24hrs! As my body was always so dehydrated anyway, a few too many vodka cranberries meant a recipe for disaster. Without sounding too much like an NHS ad, ensuring I drink plenty of water before and after a night out now means I haven't had a bad hangover for over a year!

Less bloating. Feeling bloated - especially after I'd eaten - used to be a daily occurrence for me, and I was worried drinking lots of water would make it worse. However it's seemed to have done the opposite. Even though I get a 'food baby' after a big meal, for the past year my stomach has generally felt flatter and much more comfortable. Hurray! 

Diminishing the appearance of cellulite. I always used to be quite lucky with cellulite, until a few years ago I started getting some on my stomach and around the back of my thighs. Although it's never really bothered me too much, I was still thrilled to notice my skin has been looking a lot less 'bumpy' in recent months. After a quick Google search, I discovered that drinking enough water is one of the best ways to minimize the appearance of the dreaded C word. 

At first I thought it'd be a pain remembering to drink 2-3 litres daily, but I actually find it really easy. I keep a large glass of water by my side every morning while I'm doing my makeup, and take a reusable bottle with me to work/uni. If I spend a day off at home, I'll just take regular sips while I'm blogging or watching Netflix. It's become such a habit for me now I don't even realise I'm doing it! Tap water is free in most restaurants too so I'll often ask for a glass if my boyfriend and I go for a meal. 

Making sure you drink enough obviously goes hand in hand with a balanced diet/exercise, and while I probably still eat too much chocolate, I can't believe the difference such a small lifestyle change has made. I'd recommend it to anyone as the benefits are endless! If you're not a fan of the taste of plain water you can always throw some fresh fruit in (I've been replacing my morning cup of tea with hot water, lemon and honey and it's delicious) or ice cubes made with sugar-free juice.

As well as contributing to good health in general, water is widely renown for it's beauty-boosting properties. It's a well-known fact that what we put into our bodies is reflected on what's outside, and while various creams and oils can make a considerable difference, I don't believe any product will nourish your skin/hair/nails as well as water can. Your body will thank you for it! :) 

15 comments:

  1. I definitely need to remind myself of this! I have such a hard time of drinking plenty of water daily, but I am trying to step up my game and have been doing quite well. (I did notice that the cellulite started to disappear gradually) Thanks for sharing! <3

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    1. No problem :) I was absolutely over the moon about the cellulite! x

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  2. It's so easy to just grab a sugary drink when you're on the go but it's mad how many benefits there are to switching to water. I think it's the easiest way to try and drop a few pounds - drinking just water and walking a bit more!

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    1. I haven't given up my diet coke completely but I definitely won't be buying it as much as I used to. I think walking is great exercise also :) x

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  3. My New Years resolution for the last 4 years or so has been to drink more water! I often just forget to drink which is so bad! I'm definitely going to try my best this time, it really does make such a difference :)

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    1. One tip I read to help you remember is to take a sip of water every time you send a text message. Once you've set yourself a little routine it's so straightforward :) x

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  4. My body doesn't like when I try to give it water, I barely ever drink anything! I know it is so bad but for some reason I just can't.

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  5. Fab post, I have actually been trying to drink at least 2 litres a day because of all the health benefits, I've noticed the more you drink throughout the day the more active and awake you become it's crazy!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I know, I can't believe how much more energy I have x

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  6. This is also one of my 2015 resolutions :)
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  7. This is such a great post and a great reminder for us all. I've also been trying to drink more water this past year, and I do find it makes me feel so much better when I'm hydrated. I have a caraffe at work which I fill up and aim to drink at work throughout the day, and I only drink green tea (as opposed to normal tea) at work too when I feel like a hot drink :) It works wonders for the skin too so I'm hoping to keep up with it forever :) Danielle x

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) green tea is wonderful too, I always turn to it when I feel I need a bit of a detox :) x

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