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Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Ripple Effect: Are You Drinking Your Water?

 
I can understand the benefits of drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking that amount of water should not be such a big deal to do, until you are facing the daily challenge. In fact, some of "us" can spend a whole day without drinking a single glass (I sure hope my physician would not see this post), disregarding all types of health benefits related to proper hydration. Drinking water is an excellent way to get rid of unwanted weight because it makes us feel full all day, and it will significantly replace the sugary, high- sodium, high-calorie sodas we love to drink.  People that have lost more than 100 pounds often drink more than their daily water recommendation.
 

Here are a few reasons to drink water:

  • ·        Water helps eliminate toxins from the body.
  • ·        It plays a vital role in almost every bodily function.
  • ·        It improves the appearance of your skin.
  • ·        It reduces your risk of heart attack.
  • ·        Water helps reduce muscle cramping and premature fatigue.
  • ·        Water helps prevent constipation.


The best way to figure out if you’re drinking enough water is to look at your urine. It should be a very light shade of yellow. Drink more water if it’s darker. Let your thirst guide you; pay attention to what your body is telling you. You might require less than eight glasses to feel hydrated on a mild day. By the same token, you may have to increase your water intake to 9 or 10 glasses if it’s hot or you’re exercising. Just remember that your body is 90 percent water and needs it for digestion, healthy skin, blood circulation and temperature control. 

Here are some great ways to increase your water intake:
  • Carry a water bottle with you at all times. 
  • Flavor your water with citrus juice or flavored powders. 
  • Make your first drink of the day a glass of water.
  • Purchase a cool bottle that you can refill as needed; manufacturers are coming up with different materials and gadgets to sell water carriers.
 -http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20100823/water-may-be-a-secret-weapon-in-weight-loss
-MLA: "H2o101.org." Insert Name of Site in Italics. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2011 .

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