You want to live a healthier greek lifestyle. But it just takes so much effort, and time. You already have too many things going on to think about what you are eating and what you are not. But you know your body needs to be taken care of.
Drink more water!
I know, it seems like such an obvious thing. But it works. Drinking water has countless benefits. And it is probably one of the easiest, most economic ways of staying healthy.
What are the benefits?
1) No more fatigue
Even though water doesn’t help you wake up like coffee, it definitely helps you to not feel as tired.
Tiredness commonly caused by dehydration. When you are dehydrated many organs work less productively. Therefore they require more energy. This makes your body feel tired faster. If you drink water you will be able to keep up with the greek lifestyle.
2) Energize your muscles
Drinking water will help you with muscle recovery. It will also reduce soreness in muscles after workouts. Water brings electrolytes to the muscle cells and reduces fatigue.
3) Aids weight loss
There are three ways in which water can help you lose weight.
Drinking water before a meal will fill you up. Therefore, you will eat less.
Water is also better as a beverage than other high-caloric beverages, like soda. Finally, water speeds up your metabolism, and helps you burn the fat.
4) Relieves hangover
Alcohol makes you lose more water than you take in. This leads to quick dehydration. Which leads to those terrible hangovers. This is why a good way of curing or preventing hangovers is to drink lots of water. As a result, hydration levels are stabilized..
Top10.com says that drinking 16 to 20 ounces of water before going to bed when you have drunk a bit too much will help rehydrate your body.
5) Reduces headaches and migraines
Those that are prone to getting headaches know that drinking water should be the first step to feeling better.
The European Journal of Neurology published a study by Spigt et al. The study, Increasing the daily water intake for the prophylactic treatment of headache: a pilot trial (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-1331.2005.01081.x/abstract), showed that increasing water intake by 1.5L had an effect on headaches. In two weeks, it not only reduced the amount of headache hours, but also the intensity of them.
6) Improve your mood
Dehydration not only affects how tired you feel, but also to other things that correlate to tiredness. Studies such as Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women conducted by Armstrong et al. show that even small dehydration can affect mood.
Think about it, doesn’t it make perfect sense? When you are dehydrated your body works slower and requires more energy. Which makes you tired. We all know how moody we get when we are tired. The greek lifestyle is as good as the people in it, be one of the ones making it an awesome thing to be part of.
7) Eliminates bad breath
Drinking water will do different things to help your bad breath improve. Water will moistures your mouth, cleans out bacteria, and dilutes smelly compounds.
Even by rinsing your mouth with water after each meal will be a huge improvement.
P.S. You should still brush your teeth whenever it is possible. 😉
8) Flushes out toxins
Water is a great way to detox. You’ll have a better chance of sweating out toxins and unwanted minerals.
Water is a facilitator for filtering. This makes water of great importance for the kidney. Water will help the filtration of salts and minerals of the kidney. Which will help it’s functioning and avoid future complications such as kidney stones.
It is also important to keep in mind that too much water can negatively balance your salt levels below what is necessary.
9) Balance bowel movements
As with other organs, water supports good functioning of the digestive system. From the breakdown of food to the bowel movement, it will help prevent constipation.
Warm water is especially good for the digestive health.
These are some of the great benefits of drinking an adequate amount water.
Remember, everybody is different. So don’t try drinking a set amount. Drink the right amount for your body. Start by increasing your water intake. In a few weeks when you feel the benefits you will know what the right consumption amount. Then continue at that same volume.
Careful! Too much water could also have some downsides. Like unbalancing salt and mineral levels in your body.
Start working toward that healthy greek lifestyle today!