Though drinking water sounds too simple to be true, there are several reasons why drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day can help you feel more energetic and help you achieve optimal health.
Water Facts for Optimal Health
Drinking water can help you be hydrated. When you are well hydrated, your organs are able to perform more optimally. This allows your metabolism to speed up, which means you’ll burn calories more quickly. Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism.
Natural waste is produced in your body each day from basic functions such as breathing and digesting food. Getting rid of these toxins can be helpful for weight loss because toxins are stored in fat cells. Water helps flush toxins out of your body.
When you are dehydrated, the blood volume in your body is reduced. Decreased blood volume levels result in lower energy levels, which makes it difficult for you to stay active.
When you drink water, you’ll naturally end up drinking fewer high-calorie, sugary drinks which can help prevent the blood sugar roller coaster.
Did you know that 75% of the American population is chronically dehydrated? And in 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
By simply drinking more water, you may notice that you become less hungry.
You are made up of 50% to 70% water, depending on your age. As your body ages, it contains less water, but the majority of “you” throughout your life span is water. You can go several days to a couple of weeks without food, but you can only go about 3 days without water. Hydration is critical to most functions of the body.
Getting adequate water should be a top priority!
Determine How Much Water You Need
You may have heard that you need eight, 8-ounce glasses or 64 ounces of water a day. That may be a good amount for you, but it really depends on your body build and even the amount of exercise you do. However, you probably need to drink more than you do right now.
First, determine how much water do you drink each day? Do not count coffee, milk, and other liquids, just track water. How much are you consuming? Track it for 3 days. Write down approximately how much water you are drinking in a food journal or even on a note-taking app on your smart phone. Just get it down. In 3 days, you should have a general idea of how much you drink on an average day. It doesn’t matter how much, just start there. The next day drink one more glass of water than your average. Keep doing that for several days until it has become a habit, then increase it by another glass. Keep going until you notice a difference in your body. This doesn’t mean going to the bathroom more often, because that may happen at first, but it should decrease over time. Some signs you are drinking enough water: The color of your urine should be a light yellow throughout the day. Morning urine will be slightly darker. Your skin should look and feel less dry. You should produce sweat during exercise.
When you are hydrated your brain is clearer, your body works better and is able to digest the food you eat more easily, and you will have more energy. Doesn’t that sound life optimal health?
Tips for Creating a Habit to Drink Water Daily
Drink 16 ounces of room-temperature water with half of a squeezed, fresh lemon after you wake up. This will get your digestive track moving, give you Vitamin C, and help you wake up. The lemons should be organic, but start where you are; use a bottle of lemon juice or a regular lemon. Just start and don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. You can always move to organic lemons once this habit has been incorporated into your life. If you need to use bottled lemon juice, Volcano Bursts Organic Italian Lemon Juice is my favorite.
Filter your water if possible. Again, start where you are, just drink water. To get the most benefit from your water and the best taste, make sure it is filtered to eliminate chlorine and other toxins. You can work toward this over time.
Most people struggle drinking water because of its taste. Filtering helps, but you can also put fresh fruit or vegetables in the water pitcher and let them sit overnight to get the nutrients and give the water a better taste.
Reduce the amount of sugar you eat. You will find your body naturally wants to drink water.