Improve your ability to metabolize your fat stores, recover from exercise quickly, increase energy, experience clear-mindedness, avoid constipation, improve your ability to absorb nutrients from food sources!
We all know we can die from dehydration...and the fact of the matter is that a majority of people drink just enough water daily to keep us going, but are far from being sufficiently hydrated. We drink soda, coffee, tea, juice, and other sugary drinks or artificially sweetened drinks throughout the day instead of water...this is NOT a good source for hydration people. First of all, these options are either high in sugar or calories or artificial crap that the body can't process OR they are diuretics (coffee & tea). When there are additional ingredients in our drinks, our bodies have to process that first, and then the body can use whatever amount of water is left. Look, you just need to drink plain water...no if's, and's or but's!
Want to improve your body's capability to burn up those stubborn fat stores?
Without sufficient hydration, your body stops working properly. Your body NEEDS water to perform all of its very important daily tasks. For example, if you're not drinking enough water, your body's organs can't function to capacity, your Kidneys stop working at capacity and the Liver takes over for some of the Kidneys duties...well guess what, your Liver isn't able to do some of its important tasks...and you know what the Liver does, one of its primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into energy....
So, without sufficient hydration, your liver doesn't metabolize fat for energy as it should.
Constipated? Fatigued? Want to improve your immune system?
Water helps rid the body of waste. Your blood, muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your blood helps deliver nutrients to the systems throughout your body, your muscles need water to recover, and water helps your complexion and is important for avoiding those wrinkles ladies...and men! Do you suffer from constipation? Think that taking laxatives will cure your constipation? No, in fact, your bowel function may become dependent upon laxatives, and you can't take laxatives for the rest of your life...all you have to do is stay hydrated! Hydration is key in proper digestion and bowel function, without water you will be constipated. Fully hydrated = blood efficiently delivering nutrients throughout your body, efficient waste/toxin removal, regulation of body temp., properly functioning digestive system and bowel function = Happier, healthier, much better feeling you! Not to mention, aids in weight loss and weight management!
So now that I've lectured you on the importance of H-2-the-O...How much water should you drink????
Every person's water requirement for proper hydration will be different. A general rule states that you should drink half your body weight in water...so if you weight 150 lbs...you should drink 75 ounces of water/day. BUT, there are several factors that can affect your daily requirement for H2O. You must take into consideration the following. Your metabolism, health conditions (liver disease, sick?), activity levels (daily exercise?), climates (hot/dry/humid/cold), altitude (high altitude?), weight (overweight?)...below is a link to a decent tool to calculate how much water you should drink daily. Figure out what you need to drink/day and then read my tips to saying hydrated below.
Tips to Remembering to Drink that Water Every Day:
It's not easy to stick to your new goal of drinking 'X' ounces of water per day. So here are a few methods I show my clients to help them stay hydrated!
1. "Rubberband Man": If you must drink 8 bottles of water/day. Put 8 rubberbands on your wrist, and take one off each time you drink a bottle of water.
2. Buy a good BPA free water bottle. Calculate how many times you need to fill this water bottle up to meet your daily requirement. Bring this water bottle with you EVERYWHERE. Drink a few chugs per hour. If you need to drink 4 water bottles/day. Try to drink 2 water bottles before noon, and two after 12PM before 7PM.
3. Buy a few cases of water. Every morning, pull out the number of water bottles you need to drink for the day. Take with you to work. You should just about finish up drinking all of the water bottles by the time you get home if you work a 9a-5p job.
4. Replace your soda drinking/sport drink/other soft-drink or flavored drink with water! No more soda or flavored drinks people!
I know you can do it. And if you are trying to lose weight, or are affected by any of the above health issues, than that's a motivation in and of itself to jump on the 'hydration train'!...or else....say hello to my lil' friend!!! lol...
JUST KIDDING!!! ----> Health & Happiness, Nat