Water, drink it.

Have you had your 8 glasses of water today?
I’m sure that most of you who are sitting here reading this haven’t passed 2 glasses so far. The experts say you should drink 8 oz of water per day. There have been articles to say that you should drink water according to your weight. I don’t necessarily believe this, but I do drink more than my 8oz a day.

I’ve grown to enjoy my glasses of water. Sometimes flavored and sometimes with ice to the brim. Water is essential to your survival, keeping you healthy, and it also aids in weight loss. It doesn’t cause you to lose weight, but the more water you consume the more crud is flushed from your system, and less vibrant your urine will be (you all know what I’m talking about).

I don’t know how often I have heard “I hate the taste of water”. What do you mean you hate the taste of water? Sure, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a dug well, your water may have a bit of a chemical taste to it. You can purchase filters to help eliminate some of the taste and water treatment systems have come a long way. I know, by living in town limits, my water doesn’t taste nearly as bad as it did 10 years ago. There are also other options out there for you “water haters” out there.

– Add lemon/lime, cucumber, berries
– Add herbal tea (no sugar/milk for a calorie free treat)
– Add liquid flavorings such as Mio or Crystal Light

Drinking coffee or caffeinated tea (without milk/sugar) is not a recommended water replacement as it tends to dehydrate you. Remember the rule of thumb for coffee is: For every cup of coffee you drink, drink 1 cup of water. It will keep you hydrated and energized.

Now, you are probably wondering why I said “Water can aid you in losing weight”. Water can aid you in losing weight. As I mentioned before it helps flush the crud from your system, leaving you feeling happier and healthier. There are, as far as I know, two ways water can help you in losing weight.

1. When you are feeling hungry, try a glass of water first. Chances are, you are dehydrated. This will curb your urge to snack on unhealthy snacks. By all means, if you are still hungry after the glass of water, head to the fridge for some carrots, or a handful of grapes.
2. Prior to eating your meal, drink a glass of water first. This will keep you from over eating. Especially when you are out with a group of friends. We all know how difficult it is, in a social setting, to keep from snacking on the starts or even your main dish when you’re past full.

I just stumbled across a website that tells you 9 great reasons to develop a water habit.
1] As mentioned above, helps weight loss
2] Drinking water can lower your risk of a heart attack
3] Increases your energy level. The more hydrated you are, the more energized you will feel
4] Headache cure – before reaching for that bottle of Asperin, give water a try, you just maybe dehydrated
5] Drinking water gives you healthy skin
6] Water helps aid in digestion
7] Helps rid your body of all that crud laying in your system
8] Reduce cancer, such as bladder cancer
9] If you’re hydrated, you’ll be able to do your work out better
The website

Drinking water is not hard. The next time you think you need a can of coke go get a nice cold glass of water and throw a lemon into the water. You may not like it at first but once you see and feel the difference, you will start to appreciate your 8oz of water a day. Remember, also, when you go out for a couple of drinks with your friends, be sure to drink plenty of water. This will keep you hydrated, not too intoxicated and will fight off tomorrow’s hangover.

I hope this was some what useful for you. I wanted to discuss water because someone asked me “Does drinking that much water really help with weight loss?” Yes, yes it does. The more water you drink, the more weight comes off. Of course that’s not the ONLY thing you need to do to lose those pesky pounds. This is just one of those things to help you a long the journey.

Until next time.

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