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The new year has begun, and many people have “drink more water” on their new year’s resolution list. Although a simple resolution, one of the fastest ways to a happier and healthier lifestyle is to drink more water for hydration.
Our bodies are composed of 60% water. Water helps our bodies to properly digest and absorb foods, transport nutrients, and maintain healthy body temperature. Without enough water, our body will begin to dehydrate and not function at its fullest potential.
Your brain and body are hugely dependent on fluids to work properly. A hydrated body and mind are more likely to function at its highest potential. As a busy mom with a long list of responsibilities and duties, staying hydrated is imperative to your well-being. Taking care of yourself begins with feeding your mind and body what it needs.
Believe it or not, drinking more water during the day is a simple and easy way to improve your life. Although we hear it preached often, drinking more water really does lead to some pretty amazing lifestyle improvements such as clearer skin, a flatter belly, and improved memory. If you are looking for simple steps for a better life, try incorporating drinking more water into you and your family’s daily routine.
When I decided to drink more water, I did it because I was feeling sluggish, tired, and achy. I had a terrible diet, and I had begun to feel the effects of my bad eating habits. Not only did I need a lifestyle change, but I also needed a full detox to restart my body from all the sugars and toxins I had been feeding it for years. A simple Google search suggested that I was dehydrated and needed to drink more water. To my surprise, the results of drinking more water yielded improvements in several areas of my life. Here are 10 benefits I noticed almost immediately:
10 Life-Changing Benefits to Consistently Drinking More Water
- Flushes body toxins, waste, and bacteria for helathier gut health
- Supports heart health
- Prevents headaches and cramps
- Supports healthy weight loss
- Feeling less cranky
- Better sleep at night
- Added hydration makes your skin glow
- Improved memory
- Better performance during the day
- A properly hydrated body feels fuller, longer
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always needed help taking a 💩🧻consistently (sorry for the TMI 🙄). As an adult, imagine my surprise when I found out that a healthy body should take at least one 💩🧻per day?! All these years, I thought something was wrong with me when in actuality, I wasn’t giving my body enough water to properly move the toxins from my body.
Honestly speaking, I have a serious addiction to sugary drinks. Sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, powdered drinks, and vitamin-enhanced drinks are my go-to beverages before grabbing a glass of water. As an almost 30-year old adult, you would think I would have more self-discipline – but I don’t. When I began replacing sugar-filled drinks with more water, not only did I 💩🧻 more, but I began to sleep better throughout the night and felt less sluggish when I woke up in the morning.
How much water should I drink?
There are many different studies that explain how much water you should consume in a 24 hour day. However, I suggest finding the “sweet spot” for your body. Depending on your lifestyle, you may need to drink more or less water than is normally suggested. For example, you need to drink more water on the days you workout because you sweat more. I like to drink my weight in ounces throughout the day. Because I weigh 130 pounds, I drink 130 ounces of water a day.
How can I remember to drink more water during the day?
Thanks to technology, drinking more water doesn’t have to feel daunting. There are apps that will send a “drink more water” notification to your phone. You can buy a labeled water jug to take on-the-go to keep you accountable for how many ounces you are drinking throughout the day. There are also physical water trackers that blink or sound an alarm to remind you to drink a glass of water.
How can I drink more water if I don’t like the taste of water?
There are plenty of ways to stay hydrated if you don’t like the taste of plain water. If you don’t like the taste of water, eat it! Foods like watermelon, zucchini, celery, strawberries, and cucumbers are full of water. Many people I know like to infuse their water with fresh fruit to spruce up the taste. This fruit-infusing water bottle allows you to drink delicious tasting water all day long. If you are at a restaurant, ask for your glass of water with lemon in it. Don’t like fruity tasting water? You can also add herbs such as ginger, mint, or lemongrass to your water for added health benefits.
10 Ways to Drink More Water Daily
- Grab a glass of water to drink after waking up in the morning.
- Drink from a cute labeled bottle or jug.
- Use a straw to drink with ease.
- Drink one cup before each meal. Research shows that drinking a glass of water before a meal helps you to feel more full and eat less.
- Drink one cup after every bathroom break. By associating drinking water with regular routines, you will remember to drink more throughout the day.
- Invest in a good water bottle to take with you on-the-go. Tap water upsets my stomach, so I like to drink from a water bottle with a built-in filter to ensure I am drinking fresh, clean water wherever I go.
- Set several alarms on your phone to remind you throughout the day to drink a glass of water.
- Download a water tracking app on your phone to remind you when to drink your water.
- Invest in a home water filter. The more access you have to clean water, the more likely you are to drink it.
- Eat water-rich foods to increase your water intake.
I hope these tips help!
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