Although a well-known topic, reminding ourselves from time to time about the benefits of drinking water will do wonders for your total body health. People are mostly water inside and must drink water to live. Good ol’ H20 helps regulate your body temperature and assists with the perspiration process by keeping you cooled off.
Water helps blood carry nutrients from the stomach to all parts of the body as well as forcing blood to carry oxygen from the lungs. During the day our body needs a lot of water for normal functioning, so drinking about 8 glasses of water per day (or about 2 liters) is sufficient water to keep our body working properly.
How To Drink Enough Water
To drink more water, my advice to you is to get larger glasses. Pick a glass that holds around 24-36 oz. to really hold a majority of your water intake, rather than you filling up a tiny water bottle all day long. To start your morning off right, drink your large glass of water. This will benefit your body by kick-starting your metabolism after long hours of sleeping through the night.
Keeping a big glass of water on your desk during work makes it very easy to drink your daily required water amount. Not only is it convenient but it also stays cold in an insulated jug throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to get up an move around though since you don’t have the excuse of filling up water bottle as often. Refill your ice, use the restroom and get up and stretch your legs every once in a while too!
Drinking Enough at Home
Ideally we would all substitute water for some sort of soda or other beverage to go along with our evening meal. Not only does swapping out these calorie-dense drinks for water save you calorie-wise for the day, but it also allows you to feel fuller, faster. Studies have shown that drinking two 8-oz. glasses of water before any meal, cuts down on how much food you actually will consume. So slow it down, drink some H20 before your meals and watch the pounds come off in the meantime!
Taking in about 2 liters of water per day is ideal, but just remember that with anything, this will take time and needs to become a goal- not just something that happens overnight. Start by drinking an extra 8-16 oz per day for a couple of weeks and add to it each week until you’re hydrating at maximum potential. Remember working out will require extra hydration before, during and after so really pay close attention to this as well. A great motto is: Little steps also leads to a goal – remember that with this goal as well as many others you may have. Try every day do something better than yesterday, even the little things like drinking enough water.