According to an American study, water has come up in the ranks to be the second most popular drink consumed by the nation. It is second in line to soft drinks. This is slightly disturbing, as water is the key to unlocking a healthier, fitter and more hydrated lifestyle. Water is our life force. As human beings, we need to drink water to survive. But drinking beyond the bare minimum will also help us to thrive.
You should be consuming eight cups of water each day. If you are highly active, than you should be consuming even more. Drinking water maintains a healthy balance of fluids within our bodies. This means it balances our digestion system, saliva creation, nutrient absorption and our circulatory system.
It has been proven that water can help control your caloric intake. Choosing non-caloric beverages like water, and water rich foods like celery and beans, can curb your cravings and help you actually lose weight.
Water can even help energize your muscles and prevent muscle fatigue. This is why it is so important to stay hydrated when working out. It is recommended to drink 17 ounces of water about 2 hours before an intense workout and keep replenishing yourself with water during and after.
Your kidneys and bowels also rely on water to maintain their critical functions. Kidneys need to flush out toxins and cleanse your system, while your bowels require hydration to prevent constipation and keep properly expelling waste.
Drinking more water is easy. Remind yourself to have a glass with every snack and meal. Keep a bottle of water with you at work, school and in your car. Buy refillable water bottles and add lemon and fruits to make it more flavourful. Boost your consumption of fruits and vegetables by adding it to water.
In what ways have you increased your water intake?