Everyone has heard that one should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. But do you know why and how exactly it affects your body? I’m not sure about you, but when I know the deeper reasons why some healthy habit works, I’m more likely to stick to it! Because I want you to be healthy, fit and beautiful, I have decided to share with you the reasons why you should drink water.
- If you don’t want to retain water weight, you should drink more water. It might sound paradoxical, but actually the more water you drink and the more hydrated you are, the less fluid your body will retain. Why? Because when you are dehydrated, your body will try to hold on to every single ounce of liquid. When your body is used to getting enough hydration every day, it will ‘expect’ to get enough liquid every day and won’t store it.
- All the functions in your cells, including burning fat, require water. If you’re dehydrated, the fat burning process slows down.
- Water helps remove toxins from your body. Functions in your cells, including burning fat, create toxins. Having an adequate amount of liquid intake will help you remove those toxins more efficiently.
- Dehydration makes you feel tired, therefore un-motivated to exercise. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, thus decreasing supply of oxygen to your muscles, which makes you lazy and low in energy.
- Dehydration causes constipation. Not a very pleasant thing indeed! Besides not being pleasant it also causes numerous health problems – headaches, obesity, fatigue, weakened immune system and various colon diseases including colon cancer.
- Water helps you control hunger. A lot of times when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty. Drink lot of water between your meals and you will not be as hungry.
- Proper hydration from the inside keeps your skin hydrated. If you’re dehydrated, even the best moisturising creams will be useless. Hydrate your tissues from the inside!
How much water should you drink?
It really depends on your activity level (how much you sweat), the season (is it hot or cold?), and your age and weight. There is a general rule that you should divide your weight (in ounces) by two, take that number and drink that many ounces of water a day. Let’s say if you weigh 130 pounds (59 kg), you should drink a minimum of 65 ounces (1.9 litres) of water a day. However, if you exercise and/or live in hot climate, you should increase that.
If you ask me, I weigh about 130 pounds; I exercise at least an hour a day, and I drink around 100-135 ounces (3-4 litres) a day. I know it’s a lot, but I like to feel hydrated, it helps me have a beautiful clear skin, easy digestion and elimination, and feel energised.
Stay hydrated, friends! :)
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