Do you know how much water you should be drinking daily? For most of us, 8 glasses with 8 ounces of water is not nearly enough.
Why drink water?
- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- Thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
- One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters.
- Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- Drinking water Increases bowel movements. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration and the result is constipation.
- Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body promoting clear and healthy skin.
- Drinking water makes your blood thinner, leading to a faster blood flow and nourishment for your cells. Lowering your blood pressure will give you a healthier heart and gives you more energy.
- Water helps to keep your skin tight and toned, cleansed and flushed of toxins. Your body naturally fills cells with water to make them firm and tight, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles for a smooth finish.
- Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking more water can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!
Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
As a rule of thumb – drink half your weight in ounces of water a day. If you workout 3+ times a week and live in a humid climate add another 24+ ounces to that number. Additionally, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate the body; drink twice the water as you did coffee or alcohol to replace water loss.
Here is a great way to keep on track!
Calie Conner, Colon Hydrotherapist