Water is necessary whether you are working hard, working out, relaxing on vacation or hanging out on the weekend. It’s so important to stay hydrated. Aiming to drink half your body weight in ounces is ideal. Staying hydrated helps your brain function at its optimal level. We need water to help our digestion and keep up with regular bowl movements. Water is also helpful in aiding in the body’s natural process of detoxifying the unwanted in our bodies, in order to keep healthy working kidneys we need to keep them flushed out.
If you are someone who gets bored with drinking water by itself, there are plenty of ways to make it more lively. A few things I often suggest to my clients are to make a filtered jug of water and store it in the fridge, try using one of the following fruits/vegetables/herbs to create a more enjoyable water experience…
-Sprigs of mint
-Sprigs of rosemary (strong flavor but some love it)
You can get creative and mix a couple together! You can also freeze fruit in an ice tray and pop the ice-cube in your water bottle to help create the flavor on the go.
There are so many benefits in drinking water, a few more are as follows:
1. Helps maintain weight and decreases on weight gain. Staying hydrated is a great way to cut a few un-wanted calories. A lot of times we will get cravings when in reality we are just dehydrated.
2. Keeps body & muscles energized. Our cells need proper hydration to function at their best. If you are active and especially when it comes to working out, if your muscles aren’t fully hydrated your performance will suffer. Gaining strength will be much more challenging.
3. Prevent headaches. Dehydration can be such a sneaky jerk when it comes to getting headaches. Stay ahead of the issue by drinking water all day long, not just when you are thirsty.
4. Brain power. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day can improve your brain function by 30%.
5. Regulate body temperature. If you are someone who gets warm easily or even cold, keep up with your fluid intake should help this by flushing the system out.
If you tend to forget to carry a water bottle with you, invest in a couple. Keep one at home either in the kitchen or in the bathroom for when you wake up. Drink at least 12 ounces first thing in the morning. You can also keep a water bottle with you in your car, at work and in your gym bag. If you have them with you chances are you will be more likely to drink more often.
If soda, juice, sports drinks or coffee drinks are your go-to, try drinking iced tea without any added sugars or sparkling water if you are someone who enjoys the carbonation taste.
Bottoms up health warriors, cheers to you!