The answer to many ills is flowing right out of your kitchen tap. For years, a friend lived on anti-inflammatories for her migraines until she was told to drink more water…miraculously, she was able to toss the Tylenol once she started heeding the hydration advice.
The amount of water people need depends on age, activity level, and how much coffee, tea, or water-rich foods they consume. A good gauge is that if your urine isn’t mostly clear, you likely aren’t getting enough H2O. Listen to what your body needs – if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! If you have trouble keeping track of how many bottles you’ve had use the rubber band trick: Put 6-8 rubber bands around your bottle and remove one each time you refill your bottle…monitoring your intake is a snap!
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- Boosts Energy / Relieves Fatigue
Sluggishness is one of the first signs of dehydration. Since your brain is mostly water, drinking water helps you focus, concentrate better, and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
- Promotes Weight Loss
Hello, natural appetite suppressant! Zero-calorie water helps remove by-products of fat, reduces eating intake, reduces hunger, and pumps up your metabolism.
- Kidney Support
Kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Water helps flush waste via sweat and urination, reducing risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Let’s drink to that!
- Clearer Complexion
Moisturizes skin from the inside out, plumps up and smooths out fine dehydration lines, and reduces the appearance of dark undereye circles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment available!
- Helps You (Ahem!) Go With the Flow
Nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Drinking water adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, er, move smoothly by aiding food breakdown and preventing constipation.
- Sickness Fighter
Although it isn’t a magic bullet or substitution for a trip to the doctor, drinking water can help with decongestion, letting your body rebound from a cold or virus. Early research links greater fluid intake and lower incidence of bladder cancer. One reason could be more frequent urination prevents the buildup of bladder carcinogens. Staying hydrated may also reduce the risk of colon cancer and some types of breast cancer.
- Natural Headache Remedy
Helps prevent and relieve headaches and migraine – even back pains – which are commonly caused by dehydration. You can even help prevent hangovers by ensuring adequate water intake before, during, and after an evening of overindulgence.
- Protects Joints and Cartilage
Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely, and can even prevent sprains, cramps, and strains.
- Improves Mood
Even mild dehydration has proven to negatively impact mood. Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind.
Drink More in 4!
Need to boost your intake? These 4 tips will help you reap water’s benefits:
- Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, with every snack, and 30 minutes before eating any meal.
- Find water boring? Add a slice or squirt of orange, lemon, or lime; toss in a sprig of fresh mint; grate in some ginger; or add berries, cucumber slices, or watermelon cubes. Have a pitcher of water prepped the way you like it in the fridge.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
- Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
Cheers to your good health!