Make 2014 Awesome: Drink More Water
We’ve all been told how important it is to drink water. But I’ve grown accustomed to drinking things like soda and flavored drinks and by the end of the day, I can’t always say I’ve had more than a glass of water. We often hear the 8×8 rule–drink at least 8 glasses of water at least 8 oz each. A study at Penn State University actually showed that we don’t necessarily need that much water, but it depends on a number of factors like height, weight, climate (we need more water when it’s hot outside), and activity levels. The study suggests this practical advice: drink water with your meals and whenever you feel thirsty.
I know myself well enough that I’m not going to completely eliminate all other beverages from my life. And I’m okay with that. But I know that if I can limit my soda and flavored drink intake, and replace some of it with water, there are health benefits. Need a little convincing? Here’s a few reasons to drink more water.
ONE // FLUSH TOXINS FROM LIVER Your liver is responsible for digestion, metabolism, immunity, and the storage of nutrients within the body. A clean liver is a happy liver.
TWO // HELP MUSCLE TONE When muscles are dehydrated, it is difficult to tone muscles through exercising. Muscles need water too.
THREE // SLOW APPETITE Studies show that people who drink more water are hungry less.
FOUR // IMPROVE SKIN HEALTH Water hydrates and purifies your skin, making you look healthier and younger.
FIVE // BOOST METABOLISM Drinking at least 16 oz of chilled water in the morning can boost your metabolism by up to 24%.
SIX // BALANCE LYMPH SYSTEM Water helps your lymph system flush toxins and fight infections throughout your body. In addition, your lymph nodes help maintain fluid balance and proper hydration reduces bloating, swelling and edema.
Posted by: Nicole