The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink 9 cups (or 72 ounces) of water every day. That’s a lot of water and you may be wondering if that much is actually necessary. All that water also means a lot of bathroom breaks. Is drinking that much water really worth it?

After a closer look at some of the studies, we can tell you one thing: it is totally worth it! Here is a short list of things that can happen to your body if you don’t drink enough water.

1. You’re more likely to have health problems

A high intake of water has been linked to a decreased risk of  kidney stones, urinary and colon cancer, and heart attacks.

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2. Your metabolism stagnates

When  Dr. Howard Murad conducted independent research for his book,  The Water Secret, he found that a person’s basal metabolic rate, or the calories you burn at rest, increases as the body becomes hydrated.

3. You’ll have to think harder to complete some tasks

Scientists at the  Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London found that the brains of dehydrated teens had shrunk away from their skulls. When they were asked to play a problem solving game, they performed just as well as hydrated teens but used more of their brains to do so. Drinking water restores the brain to its normal size.

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4. You’ll eat more

The  Institute for Public Health and Water Research funded a study of 45 adults and found that those who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before each meal consumed 75-90 fewer calories during the meal. Over the course of three months, dieters who drank water lost an average of 5 pounds more than dieters who did not. (Keep your diet on track with the BodyRock Meal Plan).

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5. You’ll look more wrinkled

During the research for his book, Dr. Murad discovered that being hydrated plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens up a dull complexion.

6. You’ll suffer from bad moods

Researchers at  Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts asked members of the men’s and women’s crew teams to engage in 60-75 minutes of high-impact aerobic exercise without drinking enough water beforehand. Others did the work while properly hydrated. The group that was dehydrated was more likely to feel fatigued, confused, angry, depressed, or tense.

Do you notice changes in your body when you are dehydrated?

Source: Cosmopolitan

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