Keep Hydrated, Healthy and Slim by Drinking Enough Water Each Day
How Water Sustains Life
When you look in the mirror, you are beholding a creature made of water. Between 60 – 70% of the human body is composed of this single element. Below your skin, water is a part of every organ and involved in all the major processes of human life. Water is critical to sustaining life, maintaining health and may even help you lose belly fat. Your brain, blood, lungs and other organs are more water than anything else.
The body also requires water to maintain such critical processes as moving nutrients through the body and flushing out toxins
Even mild dehydration can affect your health, causing headaches, joint and muscle pain, fatigue and disrupt focus. Not a good recipe for success.
Maintaining hydration can also be important for losing belly fat and keeping it off. Drinking plenty of water helps your body feel fuller throughout the day and signals your brain to know when to stop eating.
How Much Water?
Each person requires a different amount of water each day depending on their size and weight, the activities in which they participate and even where they are located.
Doctors and health care workers encourage everyone to drink at least eight cups of water a day as a good rule of thumb. Those who are active or outdoors on a hot day should drink additional water before, during and after exercise to maintain hydration.
Unfortunately, many people do not drink enough water throughout the day and suffer from chronic dehydration without knowing it. Chronic dehydration affects mood and willpower.
If you are tired and in a poor mood, you are much more likely to overeat or snack on “emotional foods” like cookies, candies or whatever happens to appear in the break room. Soon enough, increased belly fat will follow.
Some Hydration Tips
Always be aware of your level of hydration. The following tips will help you drink enough water throughout the day:
- Keep a glass of water by your bed and have a drink as soon as you wake up in the morning. Not only will you start your day off right, but drinking water will also help you feel refreshed and aware in the morning
- Make sure you have a beverage with every meal: This will also help you feel more full so you eat less. Water comes in any type of beverage, however, caffeinated drinks like soda, coffee and some teas act as a diuretic. These drinks do not help maintain hydration and should not be counted toward your daily water intake.
- Keep a bottle of water at your desk at work or within easy reach throughout the day. Try to make it a habit to take sips between tasks.
- When drinking alcohol, try to match the amount consumed with equal parts water. This can help alleviate the symptoms of a hangover the next morning or even assist you in pacing yourself throughout the night so you don’t wake up with a hangover at all!