Top 5 Reasons H2O needs to be on your daily to-do list.
Water consumption is very important to me! I believe it has many benefits and for most people who know me, know that I carry around a 1L container of water pretty much every where I go and typically refill it at least 1 time during the day. The lack of water intake from most people usually rings a reality when I host my monthly health and fitness challenge groups. Most of my challengers say, “I know I need to drink more water.” On average most people report they drink about 20 oz of water a day, but most of the time less. Tea or soda is the preferred drink. I require that my challengers drink 2L/day throughout the challenge for various reasons. Most initially think its impossible. However, given the benefits and tips I provide, they usually don’t have any problems. I believe that the benefits of H2O are so important that I wanted to share my take on it with you. In addition, not only are we approaching the hot summer months here in Texas, so you need the water, but if your like me and get your daily fitness in, you have an even greater need for the water.
Below are 6 reasons why you should add drinking more H2O to your daily to-do-list.
1. Drinking more water improves overall health– Our bodies are composed of about 60% water. The fluids in our body have particular roles in digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. I believe our bodies are true miracles that attempt to take care of itself. Regarding water and our needs, we get thirsty, this is your body’s way of letting you know it needs water. Listen to it and drink!
2. Drinking More Water Can Be Your Weight Loss and Metabolism Booster- It’s no surprise that water does not have any magical effect on weight loss, exchanging it for your soda or sugary drinks can certainly help. Research has found that sipping water before meals can account for a 90 cal less consumption at each meal. Ice cold water was found to be better and is thought to be because your body expends energy to heat the water up. It is also known that food with high water content, like fruits, veggies, oats and beans, require more chewing and are absorbed more slowly by the body, which tends to help people feel full longer.
3. Drinking More Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.- the hyaluronic acid in your skin absorbs some if the water you drink, which gives your skin the elasticity and vibrancy. Drinking an abundance does not mean you will create better skin, as your body will only absorb what it needs, however if your skin is dry it will stay dry unless you feed it water.
4. Drinking More Water to Helps Maintain Digestion.- The most common digestion concern for most people is constipation. A lack of fiber and inadequate water intake are the most common causes of constipation. Liquids, like water add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. If you are experiencing chronic constipation make sure you let your primary care provider know, but it is likely that you are chronically dehydrated. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they contribute to constipation.
5. Drinking More Water Can Reduces Cancer Risks– Colorectal cancer has been associated with people who experience chronic constipation. Chronic constipation can lead to chronic inflammation in the bowel which can lead to skin/intestinal lining changes which can lead to cancer. Water and a high fiber diet can help, but most importantly inform your healthcare provider if constipation becomes a chronic problem.
6. Drinking More Water Can Relive Fatigue– a British study found that ice-cold water has been found to help increase stamina likely due to keeping core temperature down. Although I have not done any studies on my own, it is not uncommon for people in healthcare who work shifts and long hours, report that drinking ice-cold water or chewing on ice during a shift helps “wake you up”. Scientifically speaking, one if the first signs of dehydration is fatigue, and even mild dehydration can impair thinking.
Ways to increase your water intake
- Keep a container with you at all times
- Fruit/flavor infuse your water
- Eat plenty of fruits and veggies
Starting today, I hope that you will Start adding H2O to your daily to-do list, your health depends on it.