You KNOW water is important for you, and you KNOW it’s essential for your health. Without it, you, and nothing else on this planet, would survive. Out of the 5 classes of nutrients, water is the most important. Yes, you read that right, water is a nutrient. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it also
Increases your energy
Helps you lose weight
Flushes out toxins
Improves your skin’s complexion
Prevents muscular cramps and sprains
Boosts your immune system
Lubricates your joints
Reduces Kidney Stones
Regulates your digestion
Regulates your body temperature
If you’re a fan of any of those popular survival shows, you’ve seen the desperation in the contestants’ faces when they are stranded on an island and they can’t find a water source. The human body, depending on the person, can function for weeks without food. Without water, though, you won’t last longer than 72 hours.
With regards to your health and fitness, water scientifically breaks down fat in the body. So, drinking more water will literally flush the fat out of you, which is why experts recommend drinking more water than the normal daily intake if you want to lose those unwanted pounds. Recommended intake for water is different for everyone; it’s based on your weight and your athleticism. A valid way to know if you’re getting enough water in your body is by the color of your urine. If your pee is yellow, drink more. Healthy pee should be as clear as water.
You know that you should be drinking more water; the hard part is DOING it. How many of you grab a water bottle in the morning, carry it around all day, and don’t drink from it? We are all guilty of it, and if you’re generally on top of staying hydrated, one day of little to no water will really leave you feeling the effects. Dehydration can show its ugly face in many forms, and if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you should defiantly start chugging:
Urine is bright yellow and not clear (the more your pee looks like water, the more hydrated you are!)
Dry skin and lips
So how do you break this habit and commit to hydrating more with this vital liquid?
Invest in a Fancy Cup with a Straw
It may not be the solution for everyone, but I myself have found that I drink a lot more fluids when I’m drinking through a straw. Why? I’m not sure, but I find that passing my cup and taking a quick sip is much faster, easier, and more natural than unscrewing a cap and tilting my head back. I tend to finish my beverages without any effort. Buy a reusable cup with a lid and buy a package of straws. If you don’t have access to water throughout your day, buy a gallon of water and keep refilling your fancy container!
Lemon and cucumber, mint and lime, orange slices, pineapple, and fresh berries are all easy and tasty ways to jazz up the taste of your water. My personal favorite is lemon and cucumber; it gives the water such a refreshing taste. Plus, you get the added benefits of the vitamins and minerals in your added fresh ingredients.
Make it Sparkle
If you’re big into soda or if you just want to drink something with a little more fizz, buy seltzer water. Seltzer, not club soda and not tonic water, is simply carbonated water. Check the nutrition facts to make sure there’s no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Natural flavoring is fine, and if you want some more for your taste buds, make it a “mock-tail” with a splash of fresh fruit juice or fruit/ citrus slices. Pour it in a champagne glass and you will feel like a million bucks!
Sit down, put the bottle of water down in front of you, and don’t get up until you’ve finished it. Sometimes that’s the most efficient way to get the job done.
Set a timer on your phone and every time it goes off, drink. A good way to go about this is to set your alarm for every hour or hour and a half, and drink one glass. If your urine is clear, then that confirms you’re getting enough of that good stuff. If you are trying to lose weight, set your alarm for every 30 minutes.
Set a Goal and Reward Yourself
Write down your goal for the day or the week on a calendar. For example, you could write:
By the end of today, I will drink two 1 Liter bottles of water.
Once you reach that goal for the day, jot down a little compliment for yourself.
Yay! I did it! I feel great! Good job!!!
If you complete your goal for the week, reward yourself! Treat yourself to a manicure or a massage, or buy that cute shirt you’ve been eyeing in your favorite boutique. If you set a goal for yourself, you will work harder towards it if there is an enticing treat to go with it! Not to mention, the real reward here is that staying hydrated will give you endless health benefits. It will make a huge difference in your body that you will be able to FEEL.
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