Recent research has shown that simply drinking more water , you can both help you lose weight and give you a mental boost. The best part? It is free of artificial colors and flavors; It is not genetically modified, and is easily accessible to most people living in developed countries. The value of water lies in much more than its thirst-quenching abilities. Next we will show you how drinking water helps you lose weight and improves the brain

Drinking water helps you lose weight

Rebecca Muckelbauer of the Berlin School of Public Health in Germany conducted a review of studies on water, looking for any link between this great hydrator and weight loss.

She and her colleagues turned to studies on water consumption and weight loss and found some that fit their criteria. Of these, 3 have shown that increased water intake was associated with greater weight loss in dieters.

One such study, for example, found that women who drank two glasses of water before meals lost about 10 pounds more on average than women who did not.

Another study found that those who drank more than a liter of water each day lost more weight than those who drank less.

It could be that water fills the stomach and helps decrease calorie intake. But, Mucklbauer says that water can also increase your ability to burn calories in what is known as water-induced thermogenesis .

Although not very well studied, water-induced thermogenesis is an idea that water increases the amount of energy your body must expend and therefore burn. Lemon water can be especially effective in burning fat and boosting immunity.

Although the research isn’t exactly concrete, there’s no question that water is incredibly healthy.

Additionally, studies have shown that drinking a large glass of fresh water in the morning can boost your metabolism by 24% for an hour and a half.

But if achieving a slimmer waist isn’t enough to convince you to drink more, maybe a sharper mind is.

Effects of water on the body

Water could improve the brain

A small study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience recently found that participants who drank about three cups of water before a round of cognitive testing performed better in areas than others who did not.

The improved scores were specifically stated in reaction times. People who were thirsty had low scores.

“It could be that physiological processes (of drinking or not drinking water) affect performance on different tasks in different ways,” said Caroline Edmonds of the School of Psychology at the University of London in eastern England.

“Being thirsty could lead to better performance in some tasks, since the hormone vasopressin, which activates the thirst response, has also been linked to attention and arousal.”

He continues: “About 80 percent of the brain is water, so it is clearly important to make sure you get enough.”

So how much water should you drink? The Institute of Medicine recommends about 2.7 liters for women and 3.7 liters for men. Others recommend about 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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