Health Benefits Of Drinking 3 Litres Of Water A Day
There are a number of conflicting ideas when it comes to how much water should be consumed daily. Some guidelines recommend 2.1 litres a day for women and 2.6 for men, but the Australian Dietary Guidelines only recommend drinking “plenty” of water, making it difficult to know exactly how much water is really enough. However, a common figure that pops up as an answer to this question is 3 litres with this amount often differing from person to person, depending on their age, gender, weight and physical activity.
If we take 3 litres as the magic number, the next question is why is it important to be drinking that much water everyday? Drinking 3 litres of water every day may seem like a struggle and a little daunting but it will have incredible benefits not only for maintaining and helping you to lose weight, but will also have a large impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
Daily Body Functioning
For the body to function efficiently everyday it needs to be properly fuelled. Water makes up 50-80% of your body and throughout the day it will lose some of that to daily bodily functions. Temperature regulation is one of these main functions and arguably is one of the most important, as the body has a very small range of what is considered a healthy temperature. So during exercise or if the body becomes overheated it will excrete water as sweat, cooling down your body from the outside in. The digestion and processing of food is another main function the body uses water to facilitate, moistening the path and working with the stomach acids to churn and break down every mouthful. And finally, water plays a huge part in the absorption of nutrients in the body, which leads to healthier cells and increased cell growth. The more efficiently the body is able to do these daily tasks the healthier you will look and feel.
Clear and Radiant Skin
If you drink enough water to replenish what was lost through out the day plus that little bit more, it will go a long way in helping to detox the body from the inside out. Water flushes out bacteria and toxins trapped in the body and under the skin, which can often be the cause of acne or breakouts. If you are dehydrated or stressed, this will often affect the skin first, so rehydrating is a quick fix to a lack lustre complexion. However, it’s not always a miracle cure and for those extra spots and red areas, it should be treated as another necessary step in your daily skin care routine.
Drinking the right amount of water is one of the most important things when trying to lose weight. Having a glass of water before a meal or when hunger starts to kick in can help to reduce the chance of over indulging. Water will help to fill up the stomach so you feel fuller on less – naturally reducing your calorie intake. Also, when trying to consume 3 litres of water every day, there is going to be less time to drink other calorific drinks, such as soft drink, fruit drink, coffee and hot chocolate. It is also said that water has the ability to speed up the metabolism, consuming 500ml of water in an hour will cause the metabolism to spike up to 30% for the next 30-40 mins – optimal eating time! This is because water is necessary start the process of breaking down stored fats and carbohydrates in the body. Water can also be a huge factor in appearing slimmer as it decreases the risk of bloating after food and throughout the day.
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