And since today marks the summer solstice—the first day of summer and the longest day of the year—we thought we’d discuss all the reasons water is good for the body, mind, and soul. That way, you can feel motivated to stay hydrated throughout the entire season. Then, find out exactly how much you should be drinking and learn some hydration tips to keep you cool all summer long.
More water = more energy.
When we’re not drinking enough water, our body temperature suffers and we can’t perform like we’re supposed to. That applies to workouts and any other movements that happen day-to-day.
It can help with digestion and weight loss.
Water moves everything along in your body by keeping all your organs healthy. Plus, it can help boost your metabolism and keep you feeling fuller longer, so drink up if you’re looking towards the scale.
It can help clear your skin.
For hydrated, clear skin, water is your best bet as opposed to using countless creams and ointments. Water hydrates the cells in your skin much in the same way it hydrates the cells in the rest of your body, so drink up daily for a better complexion.
It’s the most natural mood booster.
Here’s a lesser-known benefit of water: better brain function. Being hydrated helps regulate memory, performance, and overall cognitive thinking, which makes sense considering how moody we get without adequate water on a hot summer day.
So, just how much do you need?
The recommended daily intake for men is 15.5 cups (or 3.7 liters) and 11.5 cups for women (2.7 liters), depending on other factors like activity level. Be sure you’re drinking extra water around 1-2 hours before a workout.
How can you be sure to keep hydrated?
Carry a reusable water bottle wherever you go. Form a habit of starting the day with a big glass of water, and be sure to have it with every meal. If you’re looking to enhance water’s flavor, try adding fresh lemon, berries, or cucumber.
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