Coffee, milkshakes, and cocktails everywhere, yet not a drop to drink. Can you imagine living in a world like that? A world where you give up on all of your slurplicious pleasures and substitute those with the plain and ordinary water? Well, to tell you the truth, it might not be half bad. Yes, your life would lack flavor, but honestly, water is grossly underrated. Think of the all the times when you’ve been thirsty and how good water has tasted!
Anyway, back to the point, or rather the question – what would happen if we substituted all beverages with water? Chris Bailey, the famous lecturer and blogger, has the answer for you. He conducted a month-long research to find out exactly what would happen and we have got the facts of his research right here for you. Read on…
1. You’ll Shed Those Kilos Quicker!
If cardio and crash diets haven’t worked for you, the trusty water will! If you gulp down only water for the next 9 days, you will end up losing as many calories as you would if you were jogging 8 km every day! It’s time to ditch the tracksuit and just go sip, sip, sip!
2. You’ll Have The Energy To Keep Going All Day Long!
The humble H2O is a metabolism booster like no other. If you have just about 500 ml of water right in the morning, you will witness an increase of 30% in your metabolic rate (1). That means you’ll have tons of extra energy. So, make sure that having 2 glasses of water is the first thing you do after waking up.
3. Your Brain Will Function At Full Throttle!
Trying too hard to focus on that meeting, but just can’t? Well, you can’t actually be blamed as meetings, lectures, what-have-yous can get tediously long and boring, forcing your brain to enter into the snooze mode. But, water can wake your brain right up and help you to focus! Since 75-85% of your brain is water, drinking water can do wonders for your concentration levels.
4. You’ll Have Control Over Your Appetite!
Binge eating is a serious problem most of us are guilty of doing at some point or the other, especially during periods of stress. However, if you have been trying to control those urges, water can help you. By having water frequently, you will feel fuller and less hungry, thereby helping you lose weight.
5. You Can Say Goodbye To Nasty Toxins Quicker Than Before!
Toxins are, well, toxic for you. They make your skin look dull and can even speed up the aging process. To eliminate this nasty nemesis from your body, you should increase your daily water intake. Drinking only water will eliminate all toxins way quicker than before!
6. And Equally Nasty Heath Issues!
Water, as you know, can cure many health problems, such as body ache, headaches, etc., if you have it on an empty stomach. But did you know that it can prevent, and effectively reduce, your chances of suffering from certain ailments too? Drink water to save yourself from bladder conditions and hypertension.
7. Your Heart Will Go On…And On…Being Stronger!
A heart attack has become way too common these days and even affects relatively younger people. The good news is that 5 glasses of water a day can keep heart attacks away! If you drink a minimum of that many glasses a day, you can reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by 41% (2).
8. Your Skin Will Glow Like The Moon!
You know by now that water is good for your skin. So if healthy, glowing skin is what you are after, water is the way to go. Drinking several glasses of water a day can moisten and clear your skin, making it soft to the touch and obviously, glowing like the moon!
9. You Will Save Truckloads Of Money
Go down the water way and you will feel your pocket getting heavier! How, you ask? Simple. Beverages such as tea, coffee, alcohol, fruit juice, etc. are quite expensive and can considerably add to your monthly bills. While water, on the other hand, is free and hence, easier on your pocket – which means you save quite a bit of money.
Now that you know all about the wonderful benefits of having water as your exclusive beverage every day, we bet you must be curious to know –
How much water should you drink in a day?
Ideally, you should have anywhere in between 8-10 glasses of water a day, with each glass measuring roughly 250 ml. That should be enough to keep you hydrated all through the 24 hours. However, if you’re breastfeeding or exercising, you may need more than the standard 8-10 glasses. Even certain diseases such as a urinary tract infection will bring about an increase in your daily water intake.
Nonetheless, consider making this lifestyle change for your own good. Ditch the beverages and slurp on tall glasses of water to stay healthy and happy.