You all know that I am water obsessed. I’ve previously written about how to motivate yourself to drink more water, which includes lots of tips for tricking yourself into drinking more water. (For instance, flavoring sparkling water with a little root beer stevia tastes a whole lot like root beer… but without the calories!)
Today I’m back with more water advice, but this time it’s REASONS why we should all be drinking more water, especially now that summer is here and the temperature is on the rise. The last thing anyone wants is to get dehydrated! If you find it difficult to drink water, as I do – it’s a daily struggle, maybe these health benefits will help you (and me) start guzzling it down.
Water serves many purposes.
Water is basically magical. It supports all of your body’s processes, from regulating your temperature to flushing waste out of your system. Constipated? Drink more water. Tired? Drink more water. Eating because you’re bored? Drink more water. Water keeps you hydrated throughout the day and also for your workouts. If you’re going on a run, you want to be hydrated beforehand so you aren’t drinking what seems like a gallon at the starting line. Running with water sloshing around in your stomach is not the best feeling. Staying hydrated throughout the day is a much better option.
Besides helping you push past fatigue while working out, water also aids in weight loss. For many of the reasons above: constipation, dehydration, and eating out of boredom will all pack on the pounds. Water helps alleviate these common issues, in such a simple way!
Your skin will thank you.
Water hydrates your skin, leaving you glowing! Some people have even seen their skin clear up with less acne and blackheads because of increased water intake.
Water is an all-natural miracle worker.
It might be a bit extreme to call water a “miracle worker”, but it’s pretty much true. Besides the benefits listed above, water also:
— prevents cramps and sprains
— flushes out toxins
— is a natural headache remedy
— increases energy
How much water should you drink?
While there’s no true formula to use to know the “perfect” amount of water you should consume for optimal health, I like using the “half your bodyweight” rule. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll drink 75 ounces of water each day. If it’s hot or humid outside, or if you’ve gone on a long run, you’ll end up drinking more just because you’re thirsty, so that’s okay too. Don’t think it’s a fast and hard rule that you should only drink half your bodyweight in ounces. It’s just a way to start tracking your water intake, if you’re like most people who don’t get enough water.
Instead of drinking half of your water at one time, try to space it out. Besides water sloshing around in your stomach, you don’t want to feel nauseated while working out. Sipping small amounts of water throughout the day will help keep you from having to pee every five minutes, too!
The exception to the rule.
It’s not the best idea to fill up on sports drinks, for many reasons. They’re loaded with sugar and artificial flavors and colors, but if you’re sweating excessively, these drinks can help you restore electrolytes… fast. Keep in mind they are not to rely on daily, because of the reasons mentioned above, but they aren’t so horrible that you should never drink them. Many athletes rely on sports drinks to restore electrolytes and hold onto fluids so they don’t run out of fuel. Low calorie, low sugar sports drinks are your best option if you’re not drinking water. Look for drinks with less than 50 calories per serving.
Alternatives to plain water.
Fruit-infused water has gained popularity recently, though it’s been around for a long time. It’ll add carbs and calories, but they’re from the fruit so it’s not like you’re eating a candy bar. Add a few strawberries and some lemon juice to your ice water and see how quickly you fall in love!
I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth saying again just how much I love Hint Water. It’s water that has fruit “essence,” which gives it a surprising amount of flavor without any additives. No sugar. No calories. Nothing! I REALLY love the Hint Caffeine Kick line. Water infused with caffeine? Sign this tired mama up!
Another option besides sports drinks is coconut water! Low in calories and easy on your stomach, coconut water is an amazing alternative to plain water. Coconut water is a natural laxative, so it also helps relieve constipation but that also means you don’t want to drink a gallon of it unless you have some spare time to hang out on the toilet.
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