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The Key to Happiness is… Staying Hydrated

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Various research show that humans can survive without drinking any water for about half a week to a week depending on individual physique and environmental conditions. But there is no reason to push ourselves to such limits while living a regular lifestyle. We need water beyond survival, and water being good for health is no newsflash.

Drinking water maintains homeostasis and retains necessary bodily fluids that aid with everything from digesting food, absorbing those nutrients, to carrying out normal bowel movements (aka, not being constipated). Staying hydrated also helps increase concentration, which can boost productivity, and alleviate sleep disorders, which can regulate sleep patterns and decrease stress.

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Feeling Good Makes You Beautiful

With good health comes beauty. If you have acne, one of the causes could be dehydration. But even for those who don’t have acne, a hydrated body means firmer, better moisturized skin. A healthy daily intake of water is also said to boost hair growth. Additionally, drinking more water helps with weight loss, because it can curve your appetite and flush out toxins. There is nothing that makes a person look more beautiful than a glowing complexion, full head of hair, at a healthy weight. (Not being constipated also helps).

But did you know that drinking plain water helps with anxiety and depression? Even if you are already healthy and beautiful, water could still literally be the missing key to your happiness.

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Plain Water is Best

The problems that stem from not drinking enough plain water, like headaches and lethargy, could be contributing to your depression and anxiety.

If you are someone whose hydration regime consists of caffeinated beverages, sugary drinks like sodas and shakes, or alcohol, these may be doing more harm than good. Caffeine can increase anxiety, and the correlation between larger sugar consumption and increase in risk of depression is pretty concrete. Let’s not get started on the problems that alcohol can cause for mental health.

The recommended daily intake of water is around 6 cups. You may also be familiar with the 8 x 8 rule where you drink 8, 8 oz. glasses of water every day. But even if we are aware of how much better it is for us, plain H20 can get boring.

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So, Make Water More Exciting

I personally struggle with drinking plain water, but here are some things I’ve found helpful:

1. Glamming Up Plain Water
Some like it hot, and if you do too, drink your water as decaf tea for a change in temperature and fragrance. If you’d rather have it cold, try making different combinations of fruit-infused water. A personal favorite is lemon, strawberry and orange slices.

2. Eating Meals with More Water
Add more fruits and vegetables high in water content to your diet, like cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, watermelon, oranges, etc. Try eating meals that are are both hydrating and filling like stews and soups instead of pasta or burgers. If you need ideas, here are some super soup recipes.

3. Download a Water App
From reminding you to drink water to calculating how much water you need based on your height/weight and lifestyle, a water tracking app is a fun way to stay aware of your water intake and monitor progress. The one I am currently using is My Water.

Make it a goal to drink 5-7 cups of water per day for the next few weeks: one in the morning right after you wake up, a glass with each meal, then right before bed. You will be surprised at the difference that it makes to both your mind and body.

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Final Words

As with anything, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. We don’t want your sodium level too low from over-hydration, so drink water in moderation. Watch out for this especially if you have any hormonal or metabolic disorders. But this is in extreme cases, so you should be fine as long as you’re not drinking 5 gallons a day and forcing yourself to not use the bathroom.

Water – the stuff that comes out of our kitchen sink faucet and school hallway fountains – it is a crucial component to achieving happiness for all of us. Drink it!

Stay healthy. Stay happy. Stay hydrated.

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