By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer
One of the most important things you can do for your health is to increase the amount of water you drink.
Increasing your water intake is a healthy change that is simple. In fact, it’s doable for anyone no matter how far along on your journey you are!
On average (and be honest) how much water do you drink a day?
Are you smiling and nodding your head? Well, it’s okay. I understand. I’ve been there.
Water is essential to life. Did you know that you can only live a mere few days without it? Isn’t that fascinating?
Facts that you need to know about water:
- Water makes up 60% of the human body and 70% of the human brain.
- Water is what enables your cells to transport nutrients and minerals throughout your body more effectively.
- Water helps transport wastes, including toxins, out of your body.
- Usually when you think you’re hungry, you are actually thirsty.
As you can see, water is essential to the functioning of our bodies because it makes up the majority of our bodies, and it is used as the means for transporting nutrients throughout our bodies. Plus it helps eliminate toxins, which is very important to our overall health.
You can make all the changes in the world to your health and lifestyle, but if you neglect water, you’re neglecting one of the most important health changes you could make.
Additional benefits of drinking water:
Drinking water helps increase your energy levels.
Dehydration, even minor dehydration, can cause various bodily systems to slow down, which makes you to feel sluggish, tired and irritable.
Remember: our brains and bodies are made up of mostly water! It makes sense that proper hydration will help increase energy levels.
An extra tip: Someone once advised me to drink one quarter of my daily water intake upon waking. Instead of starting my day with coffee, I’m purposing this year to make it a habit to drink water first. Try it and see what you think.
Drinking water improves your skin.
A lot of our skin troubles are due to the fact that we are not getting enough water. Have dry skin? Try increasing you water intake and see how your skin feels then.
Drinking water is a natural headache remedy.
A lot of headaches are due to dehydration. When you have a headache, try drinking a few glasses of water while resting and see if the symptoms don’t ease.
Drinking water helps you lose weight.
Water helps with protein synthesis. This means that the food you take in is being converted to muscle and the fat is being burned. Without water just the opposite happens.
Therefore, increasing your water intake can help you shed those pesty pounds you can’t seem to get rid of.
How much water is enough?
The best way to know how much water you need to be drinking is to do the math.
- How much do you weigh?
- Divide that number by 2.
- You now have the amount of water that you need to drink in ounces.
For example, a 150 pound person must drink 75 ounces of water a day or just over nine 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
I know what you’re thinking, “How can I drink that much water? That sounds like a lot of glasses of water!” At least this was what I was asking when I started making this simple change to boost my health.
4 tips to help you drink more water:
Buy a reusable water bottle.
Using a reusable water bottle has helped me tremendously in my efforts at increasing my water intake. I know that I have to drink my bottle empty three times in a day to meet my requirement for water. I hated refilling small glasses over and over and over. However, only having to refill my bottle three times a day helped.
Set small goals.
Setting goals is one of the best ways to ensure you are making progress on drinking more water.
For example, using our 150 pound person from above, he or she could resolve to drink 2 glasses before leaving for work, 3 glasses before lunch, 3 glasses before leaving work, and one glass before bedtime.
By setting little goals throughout the day, you can be sure that you’re meeting your daily requirement.
Add fruit to your water.
Some people just abhor the taste of water. Adding fresh lemons or limes or kiwi to your water can make it more palatable. Plus lemons help increase the detox value of the water.
Ask a friend to do this with you.
Challenge each other to increase the amount of water that you take in each day. Then, make a game of it. See who can meet their requirements more days in a row. Hold each other accountable. Then, go out and celebrate when you’ve met your goal.
As you can see, water is essential to life and it’s one simple way to boost your health! I don’t know about you, but I
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Any increase in the amount of water you drink is a step in the right direction. Some of you will hit the ground running and won’t look back. Others of you will hop, skip, and jump around this topic. That’s okay as long as you’re moving forward.
Resolve to increase your water intake by just two more glasses. Resolve to replace one soda a day with a glass of water instead. Start small, and build up. Don’t grow stagnant. Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Your body will thank you!
How do you drink more water each day? What tips can you share that work for you?
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