Your health, mood and bodily functions rely on many factors such as lifestyle, food consumption and everyday events, however, the consumption of the appropriate amount of water plays a huge role in making those factors remain healthy overall and curbs cravings too. The reality of it is, that we all reach for a glass or two of the refreshing H2O from time to time, but do we really pay attention as to HOW much we are actually taking in?
I challenge you to an experiment I recently did at home – the parameters are simple, mark down every time you drink water throughout the day and then come back to this post, because chances are you are probably NOT drinking the recommended amount of water, just as I wasn’t.
Water is life. It’s responsible for keeping every function of our body running smoothly so when you don’t drink enough water your body feels it. You may feel sluggish or constipated or just generally yucky. Getting at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day will help keep your body lubricated. Also drink water that has been filtered so you are not ingesting unhealthy chemicals or particles. #healthyforlife #waterfiltration #drinkgoodwater #waterislife #healthyliving #itsallaboutthewater #drinkmorewater
Summer Time = Dehydration
While keeping tabs on your water, make sure that you are not jotting down the times you drink coffee or other beverages – instead, cross off 8 oz of water every time you do. Water should be doubled when drinking coffee.
Many believe that you should drink at least 8 cups of water per day while others believe that you should drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces to achieve ultimate consumption. The answer to all of this is simple, follow your bodies’ cues and if you are feeling dehydrated make sure to drink! As well, the colour of your urine is a big indicator as to how hydrated you are – if it’s yellow and not clear then make sure to up that water level!
The clearer the urine the healthier the body.
Coffee is a liquid right?
Yes, coffee is in fact a liquid and can be notably argued that it works the same way water does, but many new studies suggest that it is in fact a dehydrator and should be consumed with equal amount of water to off set it.
*Tip* Flavor your water with fruits for an infused treat that can be altered to taste every time you guzzle.
Want Clear Skin AND a Rockin Body – Drink up!
If you have noted how much water you drank throughout the day and you have come back to this post to get some tips on how to increase it, the following should get you ready to start on the track to a healthier mind, body and of course hydrated future too. Your skin and body will thank you. That means less breakouts and a healthier glow too!
Whoever said ‘Milk Does A Body Good’ must have confused the white stuff for the clear stuff. Water acts as a flushing system for the body and when consuming just the right amount it will ward off harmful toxins, tone muscles and keep your metabolism healthy too. Not bad for free right?
*Tip* Drink at least 12 oz of water before each meal to keep your appetite suppressed and happy – drinking makes your belly feel fuller longer.
Get A Instant Boost And Wake Up
Did you know that water can in fact give your body the energy it needs to stay alert and focused without caffeine or sugary drinks. By switching to water you are in fact allowing your body to maintain a focus unlike that of a temporary boost – longer energy levels AND better sleep is in your future simply by increasing your water consumption.
Yes it is true that water itself will not give you energy or a boost of it, but it does in fact assist in converting the healthy fats from foods into your body which in turn hydrates and nourishes you naturally.
*Tip* Set your alarm in the morning and make sure to drink water first thing when you wake up – it will allow for nutrients to travel quicker through you and in turn give you the boost you’ll need to keep you going throughout the day.
Save Money And Look Great
Seems like nothing is free nowadays, especially not fancy drinks or sodas and if you are trying to stay somewhat healthy those health drinks can cost a fortune. Good news is, water is, well, pretty much free. Purchase a fancy bottle and fill up almost anywhere for a cool hydrating fix when on the go. What’s better is that your body will reap the benefits too, healthy skin, toned abs and muscles who thrive on the liquid you fill them with. Forget the sweet fix or that fruit smoothie next time you want to fuel up because those will just make you more thirsty. Summer means hydration, so keep it craving the good stuff! Your body and your pockets will thank you for it.
*Tip* Bring a fancy bottle and straw with you wherever you go, make sure to keep it filled and always sip throughout the day. A fancier bottle means you will love showing it off too!
More Tips and Tricks To Keep You Motivated:
- Download a tracking app
- Purchase a fancy bottle
- Mark a large jug and drink hourly
- Sip through a straw
- Set a timer
- Eat your water through fruits and veggies
- Add bubbles
So, Stay hydrated and get drinking, your body will thank you!