It may be at the top of your to do list, but it’s one of those chores that many people skip and it could be affecting you more than you think! Consuming your daily intake of water is extremely important for your entire body. Drinking 1-2 liters of water each day has many benefits; from weight loss to avoiding headaches!
Benefits to staying hydrated:
-Flush out toxins
-Refreshed and energized
-Joint lubricant, less injuries/pain
Many drinks may do more harm to your body than you think. I’m talking about those energy drinks you chug down after an intense workout or sport. Even those fruity smoothies or juices – the ones you swear give you your daily intake of vitamins and servings of fruit and vegetables.
Stop dropping the coin on those high sugar and calorie sports drinks claiming to increase your energy and hydrate you. Especially drinks that are calorie free, which normally contain ingredients like Splenda, an artificial sweetener. If you must pick up an energy drink after a workout or on the go-to refuel on your electrolytes, try an alternative such as Coconut water or Smart Water both known to contain electrolytes without the added sugar.
Whoever said drinking 8-10 glasses had to be a chore? There are so many options and varieties out there to spice up the average plain glass of water and it doesn’t have to mean added sugar or calories. Try things found in nature like adding mint, lemon, pure unsweetened cranberry juice and frozen mixed berries instead of ice cubes. A great way to ensure you always have a refreshing drink available at hand is to keep a jug of water flavoured with fruits and herbs to change it up. I love adding cucumber, strawberries and fresh mint to my water for a refreshing treat when I get home from work.
When you’re not drinking enough water your body can began to think that it should conserve what liquids you have and this can cause bloating because the water isn’t flushing through your system as fast. This is an easy fix, by making it a habit to sip on a water bottle throughout the entire day you are refueling your body’s water stores and allowing your body to flush out the toxins knowing it will get a fresh supply of H2O!
The more you weigh the more water you’ll need to properly stay hydrated. A rule of thumb is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 140lbs divide that in half and you’ll get 70 oz of water you need to drink each day.
It’s easy to think you’re hungry when you’re not getting enough liquids in your diet. Your body thinks you’re hungry, but really it’s probably just dehydrated and craving a simple glass of water.
How else can I hydrate?
There are other ways to get your liquids such eating fruits and vegetables with high water concentrations like watermelon and celery. Even adding water as your base in a smoothie instead of dairy or almond milk is a great addition. Although, you may think that by drinking multiple glasses of coffee and tea, counts as well… nice try! My rule is nothing with caffeine or fake sugars counts as a source of water.
I’m sure this article has made you quite thirsty so go ahead and grab yourself a tall glass of water on the rocks and remember… A hydrated body is a healthy one!
That’s your sip of the day by your Health Nut,