Almost two thirds of the human body is made up of water. Its roles include everything from removing waste to regulating body temperature to lubricating joints, just to name a few. Water also acts as a natural appetite suppressant and aids in metabolism. With all these functions, the consumption of water is vital to the normal functioning of the body.
The Effects of Dehydration
If your hydration levels drop by only 2%, you may experience the following symptoms:
Lets discuss some benefits of ensuring you are fully hydrated..
Reduced Hunger Pangs
According to Revive Your Life, a study conducted at the University of Washington found that drinking one 8-oz. glass of water eliminated midnight hunger pangs in 98% of the subjects, thus decreasing caloric intake from midnight snacks.
Water will also cause an increase in energy, allowing you to push harder through those workouts.
If you’re dehydrated before you even start exercising your core temperature will rise faster and your heart will have to work harder than usual.
“The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism” published a study in 2003 examining the thermogenic effect of water.
Researchers found that consuming 16 oz. of water caused a 30% increase in metabolism, largely down to the body heating the water to body temperature.