As the weather begins to cool down, it is very easy to slack on our water consumption. But we shouldn’t as it plays an important role in our diet, and this extends to everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same weight! We all know we can’t live without water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water and lungs about 83% water. The skin contains 64%, muscles and kidneys about 79% and bones about 31%, so it is important to drink enough water!
O.K., but just why is it so important? Check out some of the many reasons below and ways to get more of it into you:)
Reasons To Drink MORE Water
Assists digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. If you don’t drink enough water you can’t get the full benefit of nutrients in the food you eat.
Assists excretion of waste from bowel and kidneys. If you don’t drink enough water you get constipated, have headaches, bad breath, and put your kidneys under stress.
Regulates body temperature. If you don’t drink enough water you compromise the evaporation process you skin uses to keep you cool.
Your blood is 92% water. This is your body’s transport system distributing nutrients around the body.
Water is a natural appetite suppressant. Your brain does not differentiate between hunger and thirst. Multiple studies found that when people drank two cups of water before a meal, they ate about 75 fewer calories, or about 13%, compared to the participants who didn’t get their water in
Water makes your metabolism burn calories 3% faster
It boosts energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is dehydration.
Helps reduce blood pressure & high cholesterol
Drinking water can ease joint pain
Water can prevent headaches. Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous other symptoms as well. Such as problems with focus, memory, brain fog and/or fatigue, also sleep issues, anger, depression and more.
Reduces chance of developing kidney stones
Reduces fat deposits. Studies show that a decrease in water intake can cause fat deposits to increase. Whereas the increase in water can actually reduce the fat deposits
How Much Water To Drink?
Drink about one half your body weight in ounces of water each day. I know this may sound like a lot but if your body hasn’t been getting enough, your body may have developed a pattern of storing the little it gets – hence – swollen ankles!
- The aim is to drink water consistently. If you drink too much all at once or too fast, it will simply pass through you, with little or no benefit to your body.
- For every cup of caffeinated, alcoholic or soda you drink you will need to drink another TWO glasses of water to counter the diuretic effect.
- If exercising is part of a weight loss program a bit more water should be included to account for water loss from sweating.
- Start your morning with a glass or 2 of water. You have lost 1
quart during the night just sleeping. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps to purify the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients. I always include Lemon Essential Oil to help with the detoxing process. (Not all essential oil brands are safe for consumption. That’s why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils)
- Drink a glass before each meal – and then drink more between meals or snacks. Just don’t drink too late in your day or you’ll be up & down all night!
There is absolutely no doubt about it. When you start drinking enough water regularly, there are great benefits. You may notice your skin significantly improve and even tired muscles will thank you. Most people find their energy is increased and constipation and headaches are reduced, as well as hunger pains. The really exciting part – many people notice a reduction in weight and/or inches just from drinking more water!
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