Hey guys! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation. Since it's summer, I hope you guys are drinking a lot of water! Water is super super important and with the help of the internet and my dietetics knowledge thus far, I have put together this article to encourage you to drink more water, Other than preventing you from becoming dehydrated, water does the following:

Water protects your brain

Water, in addition to glucose, proteins and other substances, makes up something called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid surrounds the brain and the spinal cord and acts as a shock absorber. Essentially, it prevents these important body parts from being easily damaged from physical trauma. Cerebrospinal fluid is made every day and being well hydrated will result in the correct amount and composition produced.

Water can help you eat less (and lose weight!)

Sometimes, when you do not drink enough water, your body receives mixed signals of hunger. Dehydration causes you to eat more when really, all you need is liquid intake. Drinking sufficient water will prevent you from eating more than you really need to and that, my friend, will also prevent you from putting on some extra pounds! The next time you’re hungry, try a glass or two of water first. If after some time you’re still hungry, maybe then you should grab a bite.

Also, studies show that people who drink two glasses of water immediately before a meal eat 22% less than those who don't drink any water. This is effective since the water stretches the stomach enough to send signals of fullness to the brain.

Water increases serotonin production

Water is needed by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that results in feelings of happiness. The amino acid, tryptophan, is converted in your brain to produce serotonin. Tryptophan, however, needs enough water to get into the brain in the first place. A reduced amount of water means less tryptophan in the brain. This means less conversion to serotonin thus resulting in less feelings of happiness.

Water regulates body temperature

Sweat is the body’s mechanism of using water to alter body temperature. The water found in muscle cells exchanges heat with the water found in the blood. In the brain, the hypothalamus senses the heat increase in the blood and activates the sweat glands. As a result, the skin becomes covered in sweat. Then, fast moving, hotter water molecules evaporate from the skin leaving behind slower moving, cooler water molecules thus leaving you feeling cooler!

It should be noted that when water is lost via sweat, it needs to be replaced. Sweat also removes important vitamins and minerals such as sodium, potassium and calcium so it is important to replace these as well!

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That's all for today! I hope these little benefits will encourage you to drink more water since your body needs it. You can always add fruit slices or a tea bag to make things more exciting!

This article was written by @thisismybliss on the WeHeartIt Writers Team