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Why water is your body's best friend

The water content of our body equates to between 50% and 65%.The NHS recommend we should drink six to eight glasses of water a day to keep our bodies topped up and hydrated, but sadly most of us don’t drink enough, and we are leaving ourselves dehydrated, out of energy and prone to gaining weight.

Because water is more than just a quick drink to quench your thirst, it has many amazing health benefits that most of us are missing out on...

1. It will boost your metabolism - research published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water can boost your resting energy exposure, with some research finding increases of as much as 30% just 10 minutes after drinking. While the reasons for this boost are not fully understood, some researchers believe it could be due to the extra energy used in warming the water up to body temperature as it passes through your digestive system.

2. It can suppress your appetite - drinking water before a meal can reduce the amount of calories consumed by as much as 13% (Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association). This means that you will be left feeling fuller without the extra calories, making it easier to shed those pounds.

3. It will help you focus - your brain is made up of around 85% of water, so keeping it topped up will help with focus, concentration and decision-making - great for finally finishing off that tricky Sudoku!

Researchers from the University of East London found that people who were thirsty were distracted by their brain’s constant messages urging them to find water. Eased of this burden, the brain was freed up to concentrate on the task at hand.

4. It won’t rot your teeth - no sugar means no tooth decay. Unlike sugary soft drinks (and even fruit juice), drinking water won’t lead to a build-up of plaque on your teeth that could lead to tooth decay and even gum disease.

5. It’s good for your skin - since your body is made up of mostly water, keeping yourself hydrated will leave your skin feeling hydrated and looking younger (Source: Skin Research and Technology Journal). While drinking more water won’t prevent wrinkles from developing, the increased water content of a fully hydrated person means the skin will be firmer and more elastic, improving the appearance of wrinkles and reducing some of the visible effects of ageing.