Staying properly hydrated – much like getting enough sleep or flossing our teeth – is one of those things we know we should do, but don’t. Between work, family, emails, exercise, and socializing, hydrating can easily fall off the priority list. Throw some coffee or a glass of wine in the mix, and our hydration battle gets even tougher.
But staying hydrated has so many short and long term benefits, and it doesn’t have to taste boring! Here are some hydration tips and 5 reasons to keep your hydration game strong.
1. Increased brain power
Water makes up 60% of our bodies, and 73% of our brains. (Yep, we’re pretty much sponges with feelings.) Some studies1 have shown even a 1-2% decrease in water can impair cognitive performance – so hydrating throughout the day will keep your brain extra sharp.
How much is enough? At least 8 x 8-ounce glasses a day is generally recommended, and more if you live an active lifestyle.
2. It can be easier to lose weight
Recent studies2 have shown that diet sweeteners, like the ones found in diet soda, can increase appetite by telling your brain you haven’t consumed enough energy. Even sports and vitamin drinks can stimulate your appetite. Not exactly the “diet” solution we were hoping for, right?
Luckily, we have the answer! Hint water is the perfect way to transition away from unhealthy drinks in your diet, as it contains no sugar or diet sweeteners, and it still tastes great. Just ask hint founder and CEO Kara Goldin – her addiction to diet soda is what inspired her to start hint water, and help others cut soda from their diet, just like she did.
3. It’s great for your skin
Considering how much water our bodies contain, it makes sense that staying hydrated also leads to brighter and healthier looking skin. Hydrating from the inside is as important as the topical moisturizers you use, and it’s the first step specialists recommend for clearer skin.
Replacing sugary sodas or juice with flavored water such as hint, can also help clear your skin by reducing your intake of sugar and diet sweeteners.
4. It can improve your mood
And not just if you’re extremely dehydrated. A 2015 study3 of 120 women found their mood increasing, and reports of depression and confusion decreasing, as they drank more water. Great news next time you feel like eating your feelings – just drink them instead! (With water, that is.)Hydrate me.
5. Good for preventing (and curing!) hangovers
We’ve been there. Too many the night before, and a world of pain the morning after. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Consuming water between drinks can dramatically decrease the negative impacts of alcohol by counteracting its dehydrating effects. It’s also the first thing you should drink the morning after to set your day on track – so we recommend keeping a couple of hints in the fridge, ready for when you wake up
Ready to up your hydration game and reap the benefits?
Whether hydration is part of your #HealthGoals plan, or you’re just looking for a tastier way to hit your daily water intake, try getting started by building your own 3 case bundle of hint and live your best (hydrated) life.
(1) The Hydration Equation: Update on Water Balance and Cognitive Performance - 2013, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(2) Why artificial sweeteners can increase appetite - 2016, University of Sydney
(3) Habitual total water intake and dimensions of mood in healthy young women - 2015, University Connecticut