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   As a runner, I understand the importance of drinking water and how much it can change how you feel and think. It’s essential to life, so you would think that most people would understand why we need it, but you’d be surprised. Here are some benefits of drinking water.

  1. You’ll Be Hydrated

   This is the obvious one. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and your body healthy. Your body needs proper hydration levels to keep its daily functions going to its full potential. If not, your body will start to react to the lack of water and may result in certain symptoms that you may not even think would be the result of not drinking enough water.

  1. You’ll Have Less Headaches

   One of the symptoms as mentioned above that I’ve seen is getting headaches. I’ve noticed that I’m very prone to getting headaches. During school a few years back, I went to the nurse’s office because of a headache, and the first thing she asked me was if I had drank any water that day. My answer was no, and she sent me away with a water bottle, and she told me to drink up. To this day, the first thing I do whenever I get a headache is to drink water and the majority of time the reason for my headache is because of my water intake.

  1. Better Skin

   Another benefit I’ve noticed is how my water intake affects my skin. I usually don’t have acne, but when I don’t drink enough water it results in acne here and there on my face. Some days I even have dry skin because my skin is not receiving the hydration it needs. During freshmen year, my lips used to be dry no matter how much lip balm I applied. I started drinking water more frequently and I haven’t had the issue since.

  1. You’ll Perform Better

With athletics, you will some of your body’s water percentage from the sweat. It’s important that you drink plenty of water before and after to keep your levels up. From first-hand experience, I know how important it is to make sure you’re hydrated before a workout. Not only is it unsafe, especially in hot climates, but your muscles will suffer from fatigue and can inhibit your performance.

  1. It Helps with Colds

   Whenever I feel remotely sick, I begin to drink water. Obviously you can’t prevent the sickness itself, but it can help relieve some of the pain. The more water you drink, the less thick the mucus that forms will be. It will help thin the substance and will aid the process of flushing it out. Another benefit of drinking water when you’re sick is that the dry lips and skin you get after a cold will become less severe, so drink up!