Already abandoned your ambitious list of resolutions? Here’s a really simple one that’s bound to make you better: drink more water.

Our bodies are composed of roughly 60% water. That means that when we’re dehydrated (and most of us constantly are) we’re affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.



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Prevent cancer. Various research says staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.

Be less cranky. Studies have shown that dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.

Lose weight. Sometimes we think we’re hungry, when in fact, we’re just thirsty. Staying properly hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.

Flush out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems.

Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly.

Quick rules for drinking water:

  • As an average, the minimum levels of water consumption should be 2 litres for men and 1.6 litres for women, or between eight and ten glasses.
  • Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking.
  • Eat raw fruits and vegetables – they are dense in water.
  • For an added health boost, drink lukewarm lemon water when you can. Squeeze ¼ lemon into your glass to benefit from lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, cleansing and immune-boosting powers.
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