By Apurba Rath

We have heard water being called as the “most versatile” beverage of all times. If you look at it, water is actually versatile. Given that our body is 60% water (give or take) and our planet being 75% water, it has more purpose other than being a drink to quench your thirst.

Let’s look water another way. If you wish to embark on the journey to lose weight and stay fit, the first suggestion is to drink water regularly. If you ask some more details about the benefits of water, then here are some-

Water helps in maximizing physical performance. When you don’t drink an optimal amount of water, your physical performance is hindered. Even if there is a 2% loss in your body’s water content, the effects can be seen. Dehydration leads to reduced motivation, increased fatigue and mental difficulty for doing anything. Studies have shown that when young women tend to dehydrate, it impairs their mood, concentration
and increases the frequency of headaches.

Drinking water may help prevent headaches and even treat headaches! Several studies have shown that dehydration is one of the main reasons behind some nasty headaches.

It has been found that drinking water may prevent the initial formation of kidney stones. When your water intake is higher, it dilutes the concentration of minerals. Higher intake prevents the minerals to crystallize and form clumps.

Water is one of the best ways to prevent a hangover. Alcohol is known to have diuretic properties. Thus, it makes you lose more water than your intake. And dehydration comes to picture. But dehydration isn’t the cause of hangovers. It justs results in thirst, fatigue, dry mouth and headaches. The best way to keep this from happening is by drinking a glass of water in-between drinks. And before you call it a day, just make sure to have a tall glass of water!

For all the people who are willing to lose weight, your go-to solution is- Water. Water boosts your metabolic rate and increases satiety. There are studies which reveal that if you drink half a liter water, your metabolism increases by 24-30% for about 1.5 hours. Another amazing fact is if you drink two liters additional, a day, your daily energy
expenditure increases by 96 Kcal. Just remember to take the water 30 mins before any meal.

Now, we all love a bit of flavor in our daily life. It’s not just about catering to taste palettes, but also adding a zing into your food habits. Having 1 liter of water per 10 kg of body weight is the recommended water intake. But what if you could enchant your water and increase its health benefits? Indian spices and herbs are known to have countless health benefit. When they are taken in a regulated amount, they yield marvelous results.

Here, I am not talking about a delicious meal, rather, some flavourful water with added benefits! Whether is about feeling healthier or losing weight, these flavourful water will help you achieve your goals.

Ginger Water
Ginger spiced water has a lot of benefits to your health. It is known to relieve menstrual cramps, headaches and bloating as well. Ginger also has cold-relieving properties, thus this water gives relief from cold & also indigestion as well. Also cited at some places, ginger is also known as the virtual medicinal treasure! Along with these benefits, ginger also boosts immunity. It has antiviral, antitoxic and antifungal properties to name a few!

How to make it- Just combine water and ginger in a pan and bring it to boil. Then let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the water and relieve yourself from all these ailments.

Honey Water
The health benefits of having honey are countless. The same is for honey water. It cures your acne and reduces bloating to get a flatter tummy. Like ginger, honey is also a part of the cold-curing process and also provides relief from allergies. This water relieves you of a sore throat. Drinking this water every morning in an empty stomach helps you lose wieght and helps your body detox.

How to make it– Boil some water and then let it cool. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of honey and stir it till it mixes. Enjoy your honey water.

Fennel (Saunf) Water
People with bad breath problem are going to love this! Fennel water beats down the bad breath and gives you fresher breath. Not only that, but it also helps with stomach ailments such as indigestion, constipation, and bloating. It is also cited that fennel water eases your menstrual cramps.

How to make it– Boil 1 litre of water in a pot. When water starts to boil, put in 2-3 tablespoon of fennels and turn off the heat. Cover the pot and let the water cool.

Lemon Water
Lemon is known to have Vitamin C in it, about 30-50 mg per lemon. Also, lemon contains potassium. When you have this water in an empty stomach, your body absorbs these minerals easily and boosts your immunity. Lemon water also detoxifies your body, resulting in healthier digestion. It helps in achieving you the flat belly you always wanted
and blemish-free skin.

How to make it– Dilute about 1/2cup lemon juice with 3 tbsp lemon juice and rest cold water.

Mint Water
Mint is known to be a a palette cleanser and an appetizer. Mint or pudina is used mostly for healing stomach ailments. It soothes stomach inflammation and indigestions. It also fights acne detoxifies your body. Apart from having a sweet fragrance, it helps in freshening your breath.

How to make it- Add water to a jug or pitcher. Mix some lemon slices and mint leaves in a bowl of water. Add this mixture to the pitcher and refrigerate it for at least two days to infuse the mint & lemon flavors into the water.

After knowing these amazing water remedies, your health will improve in no time. You definitely try it and incorporate these water into your daily schedules for maximum benefits.