So, really, what’s the big deal about drinking water? If you don’t drink water, you will die! It’s that important. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we could increase the consumption of water and make it a higher priority. Did you know that it prevents cancer? Yup, that’s right. Various research shows that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer, bladder cancer, and possibly, breast cancer, as well. Need an attitude adjustment? Drink more water! Research, also shows that dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Be happy and drink your water!
Also, you should be drinking around 64 oz. of water, and if you are unsure of how much water is okay to drink while on certain medications, please check with your doctor.
Water plays a key role in supporting health during weight loss and on into maintenance! This is a habit we want to keep FOREVER! It helps remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. Being well-hydrated helps all your organs and systems function properly. In fact, every function in your body takes place in water!!
DID YOU KNOW? That 60% of the hunger most people feel is really dehydration? Wow, that fact blew me away! So by drinking enough water, you will dramatically reduce those hunger pains that have been tricking you to eat more.
Benefits of water:
- Maintain proper muscle tone
- Prevent sagging skin
- Relieve constipation
- Improves endocrine (hormone) function
- Increases metabolic function
- Decreases appetite
- Increases fat used for energy
- Liver function improves
- Decreases fluid retention
- Increases natural thirst
Signs of dehydration:
- Excessive thirst
- Dry mouth
- Little or no urination
- Muscle weakness
Have you ever experienced some of the above symptoms and thought that you needed to eat? I have!
Here are some tips I share with my clients about consuming enough water each day:
Guzzling 30 ounces right when you wake up. At first it might be hard, but your body will get used to it.
Then throughout the day spread out your consumption. Try to pick three or four times a day when you can have a big glass of water, and then sip in between.
Don't let yourself get thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you are already becoming dehydrated. Drink when you're not thirsty yet.
Do you struggle with water consumption?