The health benefits of drinking water are aplenty. If wellness is your intention, then drinking water is the easiest effort you can make. Nutritionists recommend the 8×8 rule, that is to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water throughout the day. I don’t actually count how many glasses of water I drink per day, but I know that on most days, I follow the suggested 8×8.
Water for Weight Management
Drinking water before a meal makes you feel fuller sooner. You will be less hungry at meal time and therefore eat less food. Drinking water will also replace sugar filled juices and sodas.
To enhance and brighten water’s clear taste, add some fresh lemon slices. Or, experiment with fresh herbs, fruits and/or vegetables. One of my favorites is lemon and mint. At a spa last year, I was happily surprised by cucumber and rosemary water. The possibilities are endless.
Water Intake and Your Metabolism
Dehydration is a stress on your body and your mind. Dehydration causes fatigue, depletes energy and triggers hunger like feelings. Drinking enough water actually increases your metabolism and allows your liver and kidneys to function properly. These vital organs require large amounts of water to flush the liver and kidneys of waste and toxins efficiently. The next time you feel tired and hungry, try drinking a large glass of water.
Water and our Body
Our skin is the outer covering of our entire body. Dehydration can lead to dry skin, a dull complexion and decreased elasticity. Drink up!
Water deficiency can also cause muscle soreness, joint pain and poor circulation. Water lubricates and oxygenates muscles and joints and supports muscle contraction and flexibility. So, the next time you hit the gym be sure to drink plenty of water.
Well, there you have it. There are many more reasons to enjoy a glass of water, but this is a good start. Cheers to your good health!!