10 Unexpected Health Benefits of Water

Water is everywhere

Our trampoline parks are bursting with lots of trampoline park features that allow you to increase your fitness and have fun. But this week we talk about water and it's benefits.

Whether it's a refreshing drink or swim, a soak in the bath or ice to reduce swelling, water is all around us (heck, it's even in us). Water makes up about 2/3 of who we are and influences our every move - no wonder we're so intent on drinking it. To discover exactly how water can improve your health, as well as some fun facts, here's 10 reasons why you should hydrate today:

Because I'm happy

It's not exactly breaking news: water is great refreshment. It could just be me (surely not), but you can actually feel the benefits after the first sip? Your state of mind is improved and you're raring to go. You don't even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: even mild dehydration has been proven to dramatically reduce your mood.

It could aid weight loss

If you're looking to lose weight there's no need for relentless dieting - just increase your water intake. Studies have found that participants who drink water before a meal, lose weight faster than those who don't drink water at all. The reason? Extra H20 actually makes us feel full faster, and could even boost metabolism. So, don't mistake thirst for hunger; the next time you feel sluggish or fatigued, water may be just what you need to offer a lift.

Headache what headache?

Going without water for too long can cause migraines and is usually the trigger to most work-place discomfort. The good news is that water acts as instant pain relief after 30 minutes of drinking (two cups). But, the key is the keep yourself refreshed throughout the day to avoid a dehydrated-headache.

Healthy cocktails

What gal doesn't love a cheeky cosmo? Well, listen up, fizzy water is a staple for a healthier version of those favourite boozy beverages. Using seltzer water and fruit instead of fizzy mixers makes for a delicious (healthy) alternative - cocktails that now keep you hydrated, and make for a refreshing - winner!

Cold weather workout

Most of us consider those sweaty, summer workouts to be the ones we should be guzzling water before, during and after, right? But, that's not entirely true. It's important to keep your body hydrated in all temperatures: Our bodies lose water through respiration; so when we exercise in colder climates, we're wrapping up warm with extra layers and our breathing is staggered as a result. What's worse? Studies have found that cold weather weakens your thirst, which means we're working harder, losing water and our body isn't functioning the way it should.

Soothing sounds

OK this isn't about the benefits of drinking water, but rather the therapeutic effects of water. Exposure to unpleasant noises, such as: screams, fire drills and alarms can elevate our blood pressure causing feelings of stress and anxiety. In contrast, soothing sounds of flowing water will bring stress relief and relaxation to your environment. If you've ever wondered why we sleep more soundly after spending a day at the beach, it's because of the gentle sounds of lapping waves and (of course) the sea air. This is why after a holiday you feel more alert, relaxed and energised.

Hangover cure

We've all been there: waking up after a night on the town, it's safe, right? No chance. You've woken up with a stinking hangover and can't seem to function. We know, we know - you'll never drink again, right? But, it's important to drink water! Having a glass of water with each alcoholic drink you sip is one way to relieve dehydration (and morning-after misery). Before collapsing into bed, down 16 - 18 ounces of water to ensure you feel refreshed and hangover-free when you wake.

Smooth skin

If you yearn for smooth skin that glows with youth, the chances are you will have heard that drinking lots of water in order to flush out nasty toxins will keep your skin healthy. It's true - skin hydration is incredibly important. Dehydration can sap all the life out of your skin leaving a dull, dry and damaged completion. Coconut water treats the skin and leaves you with a healthy glow. Its natural qualities hydrate the skin and make for a more radiant completion (and a more confident you).

Prevent colds

It's that age-old intoned from many a concerned mother. Washing your hands with soapy, lukewarm water is the best way to warn off unwanted germs that can make you sick. But, it's important to remember that hand hygiene doesn't stop when you turn off the faucet. Drying your hands properly is essential, too, in helping prevent the increase in bacteria. Be sure to spend extra time drying your hands and if you're using an electric dryer, don't just rub your hands together - timing is important.

And relax

We all know the importance of a warm bath to melt away the stresses of the day. But, are you making the most of your time in the tub? Adding oil or bath salts will attract water to your skin giving it a smooth, (baby) soft feel. So, hang onto that healthy hydration for longer by applying body butter to help lock in moisture.

Published by Jump Nation on March 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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