Now that spring is here, the sun has started to sneak in a little bit more time with us – almost like its being paid by the hour. Even though this is very welcomed (especially coming off the cold shoulders of winter), it is important for us to remember to stay hydrated this season and here’s why.

Protects you from illness
Because water is so essential to many of the systems in our bodies, not drinking enough of it means that we may be putting ourselves at risk of getting kidney stones, urinary tract infections and coronary heart disease to name a few. Stay hydrated and wash away the risks.

Good for you brain
Drinking more water can improve your cognitive performance. Studies have shown that people do better with cognitive tasks when they are hydrated as opposed to those who are not so you can keep your head above water by drinking some when you need to concentrate at work or school.

Improves skin
To have glowing, radiant skin may just be a couple of glasses away. Your skin cells are made up of water and staying hydrated means you are getting enough water to them, keeping your skin supple – and not as dry and flaky. 

Perfect for exercise
When exercising – or just doing something that will have you sweating a lot – being hydrated is the best thing you can do to make the activity worthwhile. It helps with fatigue, improving endurance and lowering heart rate to name a few.

Good for your mood
Staying hydrated actually does wonders for your mood. Considering how tired and unenthused we feel when we are dehydrated, this makes sense. Drinking enough water per day means we are not as sluggish, irritable or confused. Stay hydrated so you don’t feel like a fish out of water with your day-to-day activities.

Promotes weight loss
Thirst and dehydration are often disguised as hunger. If you are trying to lose weight, test the waters and check to see if you’re not just hydrated before jumping head first into your next meal.