H20 Battle: Drink Up!

30 Apr 2014 | Categories: Let's Eat! | Posted by: LifewithBri

Do you drink enough water daily?

I know that drinking water is one thing I am not so good at.  Surprised?  Well, here’s the thing.  Ironically, water is pretty much the only thing I drink (also, coconut water), other than the occasional alternate beverage choice, but whether I drink enough is the issue at hand.

One of my close friends even bought me one of those huge gallon jugs so that I could refill it each day. That seemed to work at first, that is, until I got tired of lugging that huge thing around with me all day.  And nothing makes you feel worse than getting to the end of the night and realizing that you have not even taken the time to drink half it. &—that’s me…every time!

So first you must ask yourself, how much water am I supposed to drink daily? The common answer is 8 cups of water a day.  I used to “guesstimate” and say at least 2-3 bottles of water should be enough, right?  WRONG.  According to my body weight, I am supposed to be drinking double that…

Take a look at this neat chart I spotted on Instagram.

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Okay, so you now know how much water you are supposed to be drinking each day, but I somehow get the feeling that you are still dreading that thought of having to start running to the bathroom every five minutes; I understand.  But now, I want you to think about all the BENEFITS of staying hydrated and drinking enough water.  Plus, once you start drinking enough water, that urge to go to the restroom so often goes away.

Benefits of drinking water (www.mindbodygreen.com):

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don’t Medicate, Hydrate!
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
4. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
6. Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
7. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
9. Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
10. Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

 

Still not convinced?  Well, remember “Fruit Infused Water” blog that I wrote a while back?  Well, I recently found  a not so expensive “flavor infuser” cup at the local grocery store with the attached lid and I love it! Say hello to a variety of flavored water options without all of those artificial flavoring!

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  I hope this was enough to convince you to take at least a few more sips of that good old H20!

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