Water- you have probably heard it over and over again how important water is to your health. And most people still don't drink enough of it.
Here's something that might help you DRINK MORE WATER- Looking to lose a few lbs or maintain your healthy weight? Drink water! The minute you wake up, the first move you make should the move to fill your water glass or bottle. When we wake up we are dehydrated. When you are dehydrated your metabolism slows down to conserve fluids- decreasing your ability to burn fat. A study done by The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism found that just 2 cups of water can increase your metabolism by 30% after 30-40 minutes.
Another way that drinking more water will help maintain your health weight is to drink it often during the day. Surprisingly a lot of the time when you feel hungry- you are just thirsty? Commonly our minds will confuse the feeling of being hungry with needing water. If you are feeling thirsty chances are you are already dehydrated so if you use this as your indicator to drink water you aren’t hydrating adequately. The next time that you are feeling hungry at odd times of the day reach for your water bottle before the snack. Water also help fill you up and can keep you from overeating.
More than the benefit for weight-loss- adequate hydration also leads to optimal performance.
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And helps your muscles work more efficiently during physical activity. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (American Heart Associate Article 2014, “Staying Hydrated, Staying Health.”)
“Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions" from digestion to breathing. "Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body's temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body moist. You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.” (We all need water to survive, but how exactly does it help? By Jen Laskey | Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD)
A hydrated body fights against aging, disease and chronic pain. It improves performance and helps your burn fat naturally. It is inexpensive (in most cases free) and is the most natural and holistic way to stay healthy today and tomorrow.
We recommend you aim to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily- for example- if you are 120 lbs, that would be 60 ounces of water a day. Drink more water and you will "Move better, feel better and live better" for the rest of your life.
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