Water is an essential part of our body. Did you know that the body is composed of 75% water? Every cell in our body depends on the right amount of water to function properly. Dehydration starts by losing only 1-2% of water weight. Severe confusion and death can occur from losing 5% -10% of water weight. Make sure you get at least 8 glasses of water a day to prevent your body from becoming dehydrated.
Benefits of Drinking Water
- Helps regulate digestion
- Beneficial for having a clear complexion
- Prevents dehydration
- Can help you lose weight
- Easily accessible
Where to Get Your Water
Bottled water has become a popular item these days. Save yourself some money, and the environment some plastic by purchasing a water purifier for your faucet or a Brita for your fridge. This will save your kids from doing extra work from processing tap water.
Water not only comes out of your faucet. There are plenty of other ways to get water through the foods that we eat. Fruits especially have a high water content. Try to keep to 3-5 servings of fruit a day to maximize the amount of water getting into your body.
Most fluids you drink count towards your water total such as milk and juice. Try to stay away from coffee and tea. They are diuretics and cause you to lose water. They should not be counted towards your total water intake.
How Water Can Help You Lose Weight
Remember above I told you that every cell in your body counts on the right amount of water. Well, this is especially true for the largest organ in your body – the liver. If the liver is dehydrated, it can not digest fats at quickly or efficiently. If fat is not being digested, then it's being stored where you do not want it to be.
When you do not drink enough water your body goes into survival mode. This causes your body to save stores of energy and water. When you drink enough water consistently, your body will release stores of water. This is why most people frequent the bathroom often when they change their hydration habits.
Do not worry if this happens for the first few days. Your body needs to adjust to your new practice. When it realizes it is getting sufficient water every day, it will lose it water stores, and re-regulate your bathroom time. Just give it time. You'll notice big changes.
If you drink water before a meal, it can help you feel fuller. As I mentioned before, fruit is a great source of water. Try eating a cup of fruit before you sit down to dinner and see how much less you will eat.
Getting the correct amount of water every day is not easy. But always keep a bottle around you at work or at home and constantly drink. Have a glass with every meal and snack. Have a glass before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. Just be consistent with providing clean water to your body and it will thank you in the long run. Give your body 8 glasses of water a day, and watch that excess water weight fade away.