Who doesn’t know that water is good for us? Even if we’re a little confused as to why we should drink water, I’m pretty sure we’re all aware that we should drink more of it.
I think there are some very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day, and forming the habit isn’t as hard as it may seem.
First, let’s remind ourselves of the amazing things water does to our bodies.
- Weight Loss
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss. First of all, water often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda, juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. Second, water is also a great appetite suppressant. Oftentimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty.
Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen!
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
- Headache Cure
I know plenty of people who get headaches when they don’t drink their favorite soda. Though they blame the headaches on soda, sometimes it is simply a result of dehydration. There are lots of other causes of headaches where water might help.
- Healthy Skin
Goodbye, expensive acne treatments! Water can clear up your skin and provide a healthy glow. We’ve all seen skin treatments promising visible results after a few weeks, but drinking water can actually bring those results to fruition.
- Digestive Care
Digestive issues and irregularities are common. Which is why we see so many probiotic yogurts advertised. But, we may just not be drinking enough water. Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
- Improve Exercise
Being dehydrated severely hampers your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to perform at your peak. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.
How Do I Drink More Water?
We need to understand that we don’t just stop a bad habit, we need to replace it. I drink A LOT of water every day. I have a water bottle that I take with me everywhere.
Here are a few tips I used a couple years ago that helped me:
- Set Your Goal
First figure out how much you need to be drinking. How much water are you currently drinking? No matter where you are, you can probably drink more. If weight loss is your end goal, I recommend anywhere from 12-16 cups (one cup=8oz) of water per day. Don’t feel like you need drink that amount right away, ease into it. Eventually it will become second nature!
- Turn It Into a Game
Are you a soda drinker? Try this. When you first start drinking more water decide that you can’t have your first soda of the day until you have had 3-4 cups of water. Later, bump that up to 5-7 and so on. The goal is to get to the point where you don’t even want soda anymore.
- Keep Water Handy At All Times
As I said before, I have a 25 ounce sports bottle that I try to keep full of filtered water all day. If it’s right there you are more likely to drink it than if you have to go get it.
- Set Little Reminders
Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink. Try to drink when you first get up, before you eat a meal, after you eat a meal, and especially during exercise.
- Flavor It Up!
Add fresh fruit to your water for a refreshing flavor, or do what I do and keep a packet of IdealBoost handy when you need a little incentive to keep guzzling that water.These are just some of the tips I have used over the last few years to help me increase my water intake and decrease my intake of soda pop.
When you are trying to lose weight, there are so many things to keep in mind. Why not start with one thing? Make that one thing water… you will see a difference!
I’d love to hear what tips you’ve used to increase your water. We all need help with this!