I am always telling my clients to drink water – at least 96 oz per day! I drink 3 liters a day (over 100 ounces) not including coffee, tea, etc. I had a client ask me why and if it helps with weight loss. Not only is proper hydration important for weight loss but for overall good health. Our body is composed of about 60% water. We lose fluid continuously by breathing, urine & stool, sweating, etc. When your water intake does not equal your output you can then become dehydrated. These losses must be replaced daily for good health. Below are 5 reasons WHY I think it is important to drink your water:
Hungry or Thirsty?
Many people mistake thirst for hunger, especially if they are dehydrated. So before mindless eating, try drinking a glass of water. Wait 20 – 30 minutes and if the hunger remains then grab a healthy snack. Maybe try snacks with high water content like, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, tomatoes, spinach, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit & cantaloupe.
Proper Bodily Functions
Water is necessary for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature. By drinking plenty of water, the stomach and intestines digest food at a quicker rate than if the body doesn’t have enough water. Kidneys depend on water to help flush out waste into the urine. When the body is free from waste, the liver is able to flush out fat at an optimum level.
Water Retention – Feeling Bloated?
By not drinking enough water, your body can retain it. When the body is dehydrated, it holds onto water, trying to store it in case of emergency. However, when water replenishment is continuous, the body doesn’t hold onto excess water, since it is readily available. Salty and high in fat foods can also make you retain water. When this is the case, increase your water intake and try foods that can help like asparagus, cucumbers, lemon water, oatmeal, & quinoa.
Exercise – Boost that Metabolism
Dehydration affects your strength and endurance during workouts, therefore water is a necessity! WE all have busy schedules and fitness goals to reach – so don’t make dehydration negatively affect your workouts. Drinking water can boost your body’s ability to burn fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water (about 17oz) increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women.
Wanna Look Good TOO – Hair & Skin
Water is essential to maintain optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. Do you want gleaming and healthy tressels of hair? Water supports vitamin consumption and assists in efficient and healthy hair growth.
I hope this made you want to go & grab a glass of water!!