Benefits of Drinking Water
I can’t say it enough. In fact, I repeatedly tell my clients to drink up!
Two-thirds our bodies consist of water and the functions of it in the human body are so important. Not only is it the cheapest source of hydration (it’s free!!), water is so beneficial and is always my drink of choice.
Here are some important benefits of drinking water:
1) Promotes Weight Loss – water helps flush down by-products of fat, acts as a natural appetite suppressant, and raises your metabolism.
2) Toxin Releaser – water gets rid of waste through sweat and urine
3) Immune System Booster – water helps fight against ailments such as kidney stones, UTIs, intestinal problems, and more
4) Improves Exercise – water regulates your body and fuels your muscles, which in turn increases your energy and overall fitness performance.
5) Helps Regularity – water aids in digestion thus preventing constipation.
6) Healthier Skin – your skin will look younger when it is properly hydrated. It helps moisturize your skin, and aids in the reduction of wrinkles!
7) Relieves Fatigue – because our brains are made up of mostly water, drinking water helps with focus, concentration, and alertness.
8) Good Mood – why wouldn’t you be? With water, your body is functioning at it’s best!
Now that we know a little about water’s benefits, just how much should you drink? Some recommend the 8×8 (8 8-ounce glasses) rule, others use body weight as a baseline then multiply it by 2/3 and adjust that number by your activity level. There are even hydration calculators you can use to help you determine how much water you should be drinking.
Don’t over complicate things or get too hung up on all the “shoulds”. I always recommend to my clients to drink more than the average “8 glasses a day”. I personally drink 4-5 litres a day.
Keep it simple and follow these guidelines:
– Drink at least 1 cup half an hour every meal.
– Drink when you are craving something, or when you are feeling hungry. Chances are you are thirsty not hungry.
– Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
– During exercise, drink enough to account for lost fluids.
As always, listen to your body and don’t forget to drink up!!