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5 Reasons to Take a Swig

February 1, 2012

By now, we have been told how many glasses of water we should drink per day so many times that we could answer “eight” in our sleep. But apparently we should be drinking even more than we thought! According to The Institute of Medicine, men should drink roughly 13 cups of water per day, and women should drink nine. Why is this necessary? Healthy in College lists just a few reasons.

 

1. Water Fixes What You Did the Night Before

College students are known for their thirst-inducing diets; it is estimated that an average American college student drinks more than 34 gallons of alcohol a year, more gallons than the Hummer H2 holds in its gas tank. In 2008, the National Coffee Association stated that the average person of college age consumed 3.2 cups of coffee daily. Both alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, causing dehydration, which can lead to hospitalization and even death. Sip down water when you are suffering an alcohol or caffeine-induced hangover to help your body out.

 

2. Water Makes You Less Cranky

Notice that you’ve been snapping at everyone and your mood swings are worse than usual? Try gulping down some water. Recent studies have shown that when you are even slightly dehydrated, you are crankier.

 

3. Water Can Make you Skinny

            You ate what you thought was a well-balanced and filling meal, only to find yourself ravenous by 3p.m. What gives? It probably means that you are thirsty. It is proven that thirst can sometimes be mistaken as hunger pains. Next time this happens, gulp down a glass of water before grabbing for the Pop Chips.

4. Water Rids Your Body of the Nasty Stuff

Let’s face it: as college students, we aren’t always putting the best things in our bodies. Water is your kidneys’ best friend; it flushes your body of the waste that can build up and cause kidney stones.

 

5. Water Gives You a Glow

Skin can look more dry and wrinkled when dehydrated. Skin also loses elasticity when a person is severely dehydrated. Drinking that extra cup can make you look fresh-faced and more awake.

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