Why Does Chugging Water Feel so Good?

Thursday 26th August 2021

Water. H20. Aqua. Whatever You Call It, Drinking It Just Feels Good! 

Sure, water gets a bad rap sometimes. Some people even think water tastes bland compared to all the sugary stuff out there. They probably do not know any better. A cold glass of water on a hot day or when you feel thirsty is about as refreshing as it gets. It is also good for you.

Gulping Feels Pleasurable

When we are thirsty we can get a nice dopamine hit. Essentially we are getting pleasure signals to the brain that our thirst is being quenched.

Even feeling the gulping motion of the throat can briefly give your body the feeling that you’re getting enough water.

No wonder why it feels good to chug an ice-cold glass of water on a scorching summer’s day.

Pleasing Sound Of A Squishy Plastic Water Bottle

There is something quite pleasing to the senses about scrunching up a plastic water bottle full of water. When I’m thirsty I love the squishy yet crackly feeling of a plastic water bottle. Call me weird, but maybe I have a sound and feel fetish for it.

It is especially great if you have a big adam’s apple. Seeing it bounce up and down with the sounds of chugging, definitely reinforces my love of water ASMR.

Hydration Matters

Your skin looks like you never left junior high. You feel tired all the time and do not know why. And is that a cold you are coming down with – again? None of this sounds fun.

What would you say if we told you that staying hydrated could change all these problems for the better? Take it from the Today Show. Drinking enough water every day could change your life.

 The Experiment

In 2017, three co-workers decide to participate in The Great Water Experiment. Each had struggled with bad skin, fatigue, and seemed to catch every germ that came their way. Could drinking the recommended 64 ounces of water each day make a difference? Today Show agreed to film them to find out.

First, a disclaimer. Drinking eight eight-ounces glasses of water a day has been standard advice for a long time. Not everyone agrees with this recommendation, though.

Some say we get plenty of water from food and do not need to drink that much. What fun is that? You just cannot get the same satisfaction eating your water that you get from chugging it.

Others say to divide your body weight in half to get the number of ounces of water to drink daily. That could be a lot of water if you are on the heavy side.  Obviously, you have to do what feels comfortable for you. Your age, weight, and health all play a role in how much water your body needs.

Okay, now back to The Great Water Experiment.

What Do You Know, They All Felt More Refreshed 

Their afternoon slumps were gone. Their skin cleared up. They had more energy and could get a lot more done at work. They were happy. Their bosses were happy. After only a short time, they no longer had to remind themselves to drink water. They enjoyed it so much it became a natural habit.

Can Drinking Water Make You Smarter? 

Getting enough H20 may not give you a higher IQ. Even so, the British Psychological Society insists that it gives people clearer thinking and helps them remember stuff better. The lack of foggy thinking and forgetfulness helps people do better in school and at work. Maybe water does make them smarter after all.

But Wait, There is More! 

People who drink mostly water usually have more stable moods. Their soda-addicted friends have highs and lows and can struggle with irritability and depression. A calm life free from anxiety is surely the better deal.

Like to Work Out? Bring the H20 

Have you been trying to develop strong muscles to impress a certain someone? If it is  not going so well, up your water intake. Water flushes away waste from your muscles. Gross, we know, but hydrated muscles are strong muscles.

Nature’s perfect drink also keeps your joints from acting up. Muscle cramps and stiffness happen when your muscles become fatigued. Drinking water gives every cell in your body the nutrients it needs.

You probably hate sweating. Others may not like your sweating either. Water increases blood flow, and blood flow helps you feel less hot. Hence, you sweat less. This might not please the deodorant companies but that is not your concern.

 That Bodily Function No One Likes to Discuss 

You usually do not talk about digestion in polite company. It may be a fact of life, but your friends and co-workers do not want to hear about it. Regardless, you should know that water helps the whole digestive system work better.

What happens when you become dehydrated? Your kidneys cannot do their job. They exist to rid your body of toxins and waste products. Water allows them to do that.

Do you like the thought of living with a build-up of your own waste? How about kidney stones? We are guessing no. Drink your water, and you probably will not have to worry about these things.

 Now for Some Fun Facts About Drinking Water 

Yes, water has all kinds of health benefits. It also does some cool things for you. Of note:

  • Staying hydrated keeps your mouth and lips moist. Bad things can happen to these body parts when you do not drink enough water. You get dry mouth. It can cause cavities. You get bad breath. Then no one wants to get close to you, let alone kiss you. See where this is going?
  • For the guys out there, have you ever watched yourself in a mirror drinking water? Would you agree it can be kind of fun to see your Adam’s apple move up and down as you chug away?
  • There is just something satisfying about crunching a water bottle after drinking all the contents. Maybe it is the crunching sound. Maybe it is the feeling of satisfaction. Go ahead and crunch to your heart’s delight. You have earned it.
  • Spicing up water is easy. Just squeeze a lemon into it, and you suddenly have lemonade. It does not have all the artificial stuff the food companies add, however. Flavored water is currently trendy, and you will look hip with a bottle of it in your hand.
  • Are you trying to lose weight? Fill up with water instead of juice or soda. Water helps you feel full. When you feel full, you eat less. Win-win.
  • Water can stop a hangover before it starts. If you plan to drink alcohol, drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage that passes over your lips. Water can prevent you from drinking too much beer, wine, or spirits and the nasty effects that often show up the next day.

Chugging water improves mood, health, endurance, and productivity. What is there not to love about it?

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