As you already know, staying hydrated is extremely important for our bodies to function properly. There are so many benefits to drinking water. This can include improved memory and mood, reduced headaches, less sugar cravings and better weight management. However, these benefits can be hindered when we drink other substances like soda, alcohol and sugary juices.
There is a month long health challenge that has been going around for a few years where people only drink water for a month – no coffee, no tea, nothing but regular water. Sounds exciting, right? Well, the benefits people are claiming will make you eager to start this challenge. According to a reporter from Insider, it made her skin look and feel like porcelain. She did the challenge for 28 days without changing any food habits and her skin became clearer. A Life of Productivity also did the challenge and learned a few lessons that include, there are so many calories in other drinks, caffeine boosts performance but hinders creativity, and what you drink profoundly affects energy.
Three of the most common substances besides water include coffee, sugary juice and alcohol. Although these may taste great, they do have side effects when consumed regularly. We’ve listed a few ways below how they can be impacting your health.
The Caffeine Informer posted 20+ harmful effects of drinking caffeine. Of these harmful effects include the scariest that drinking more than four cups of coffee per day is linked to an early death. It can also raise blood pressure, increase your risk of a heart attack, cause insomnia and headaches. Medicine Net also said that it can cause dizziness, heartburn, increased dehydration and more. This is just when you drink coffee straight. Adding in that extra sugar and cream in each cup can add an increased amount of calories.
Not only does juice have extra calories, it also has a ton of sugar. According to Healthline, juice has about 20-26 grams of sugar per cup. These sugary drinks (soda, too) are linked with a higher risk of illness like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Sugary juices can also lead to an increased risk of obesity.
A lot of us consider ourselves social drinkers. However, social drinking can add up with happy hour with coworkers, wine night with friends, and weekend or after work beers. These extra calories can also hurt our health. Too much drinking can cause damages to the heart, it can impact the immune system, cause stomach issues, and a bunch of other illnesses. Socially drinking can impact mood, memory, hangover, skin issues and can make you just feel yucky.
Ready to start the challenge? Grab your Glasstic and drink up! Tell us how it goes and your results from this 28-day challenge.