6 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking More Water

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1. You’re more likely to have health problems. Higher water intake has been linked to decreased chances of kidney stones, urinary and colon cancer, and heart attacks. 

2. Your metabolism stagnates. In independent studies for his 2010 book The Water Secret(Wiley), Dr. Howard Murad found that a person’s basal metabolic rate (the calories burned while at rest) speeds up as the body becomes more hydrated.

3. You’ll have to think harder to complete the same tasks. At the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London in 2011, scientists found that the brains of dehydrated teenagers had shrunk away from their skulls, and that when asked to play a problem-solving game, they performed just as well as those who drank enough, but engaged more of their brains to do so. (Drinking water restores the brain to its normal size.)

4. You eat more. A 2010 study of 45 adults funded by the Institute for Public Health and Water Research found that those who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before each meal consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories while eating. (Over three months, water-drinkers lost an average of five pounds more than the dieters who were parched.)

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Source: Woman’s Day | Hannah Morrill