The thought of Summer is a great way to get motivated to stick to your fitness regimen. The sun is out, the days are lighter and it just seems like everyone is in a more positive mood. However, there is one thing that so many people seem to forget, and that is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
With the days being far warmer it is much easier to become dehydrated if you’re not paying attention to making sure you’re drinking enough. Drinking enough water will keep you hydrated and has a number of other benefits.
You should be aiming to drink around 1/2 a gallon of water everyday – are you?
Importance of Drinking Water
✓ Healthy Brain
Water is essential for the normal function of your brain. Have you ever found it more difficult to make decisions or concentrate when you’re dehydrated? That’s because your brain is dehydrated too. Make sure you’re drinking enough water to help keep your focus all day long!
When it comes to having healthy skin water is one of the most important things to make sure you’re getting enough of. A lack of water can lead to spots and dry skin, so make sure you’re hydrating from the inside. There might be no point to spend a lot of money on a fancy moisturiser.
✓ Alleviate Cramp
When you’re working out in the gym and pushing yourself there is nothing worse than suffering from cramp. Cramp is most commonly caused by dehydration, so drinking enough water can help alleviate this issue.
✓ Improve Digestion
When it comes to the digestive process, water is vital. Not only does it help to keep you regular, but it also helps to remove excess fats from the body.
✓ Reduces Hunger
If you find yourself struggling to stay full, which leads to unhealthy snacking, then you may well be thirsty. Having a dry throat is not the only sign that you’re thirst, so is hunger. Next time you feel hungry and are tempted to reach for a chocolate bar, have a large glass of water and see if that does the trick.
Water can help to remove toxins from the body that can cause harm. In the same way water helps to clean the outside of your body, it can have a similar effect on the inside. Meeting your recommended daily water intake can reduce your chances of feeling ill.
Take Home Message
You should actively encourage yourself to drink more, and the best way to do this is to carry a bottle of water with you at all times, so you can sip on it during the day. Why not get yourself a 1/2 Gallon Hydrator? Fill it up at the beginning of the day and if it’s empty by the end then you’ve drunk enough water. Simple.
You can infuse your water with lemons, limes or other fruits to give some flavor, as well as extra health benefits, whilst still providing a low calorie drink. Leave the fruit in your water overnight to allow the flavor to disperse.
Make sure that you only count water, and fruit infuse water in your daily 1/2 gallon intake. Sodas, coffees, teas and artificially sweetened waters do not always have the same positive effects.