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Water is the most basic source of everyone’s house, Body and diet. It’s clear plain and has the most boring of flavor compared to it’s competition. When thirsty, most people run to the fridge and grab soda (or pop as we call it in Ohio) before water.
Although water is considered boring, it’s actually extremely important. Water is basically oxygen and hydrogen molecules. It’s the main component of the blood in our bodies coating our brain, cells, muscles, joints and organs. The body is almost 70% water and although it can go weeks without food, it can only go days without water.
WHY WE NEED WATER:
When we don’t get enough water in our bodies throughout the day, we dehydrate. We use water through digestion and sweating. If we don’t replenish water back into our systems we suffer the symptoms of dehydration. The early signs are so subtle you most likely don’t realize that’s whats happening.
- mood swings
- dry lips
Most of these feelings are felt during a mid afternoon slump. It’s important to first grab a glass of water and Drink all of it before going to the fridge.
Symptoms of late dehydration:
- dark yellow urine
- general achiness
Within a few hours you can stop producing urine altogether and then your kidneys can shut down! At the point you NEED to get to the E.R.
Learn those first signs of dehydration and beat it at the start.
SO HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD WE DRINK?
Take your body weight and divide it in half. That’s how much water in ounces you should drink at minimum! So if you weight 200 lbs, drink 100 ounces of water a day, more if you drink alcohol, exercise or take a plane.
I try to drink a glass of water before every meal so I can feel fuller faster.
Listen to your body. Drink water often throughout the day.
It’s also a great way to help curb cravings, read here for more on that!
WHAT NOT TO DRINK:
Coffee, tea and soda are full of caffeine which is a diuretic which make you pee. Those counteract the positive affects of drinking water to replenish that water leaving your body.
If you need to make water taste better than put in a slice of fruit such as lemons, limes, oranges, or cucumbers.
To make sure the water your getting out of your facet is clean try a Pur water filter. Don’t waste money on buying bulk water bottles that sit around your house half drank.
SO HOW DOES WATER HELP LOSE WEIGHT:
Drinking cold water boosts your metabolism by as much as 30%. This is because your body has to work that much harder to increase the temperature of the water to match your body temperature. Lean muscle tissue is mostly water. When the muscle cells are full of water they help the muscles look toned and increase the body’s ability to burn fat.
It is 100% calorie-free, helps you burn more calories and may even suppress your appetite if consumed before meals.
Here’s another post I did on foods people mistaken as healthy that you should avoid when losing weight.
OTHER BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER:
- Muscles perform at their best.
- Boost brain function and mood.
- Prevent and treat headaches.
- Prevent constipation.
- Flush Toxins from your kidneys.
- Your skin to look great.
- Prevent hangovers.
- Regulate internal body temperature.
- Fight bad breathe.
HOW TO TAKE WATER ON THE GO:
Make sure when you leave your house you are prepared to have water with you so you don’t get put in a situation that forces you to drink caffeine. You can make sure it’s clean if you don’t have a water purifying system at home already with the Water Purification Filter Bottle (75cl) – Removes Contaminants by 99.9 Percent based on Technology Originally Developed For The NASA Space Programme.
Try to drink a glass of water before every meal. Drink water all day. I won’t lie I still have my coffee in the morning cause that’s for my benefit and everyone’s safety! Set your limit to how much water you want to drink and whether it be so many liters or the half your body weight in ounces! Keep us posted on your results. Maybe take before and after photos.
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