Water. Natural, refreshing, provisioned by God. There is undoubtedly a plethora of great reasons that we have been provided with this naturally occurring, precious resource. In this article, I’ll be addressing a few of the benefits that make its intake so valuable in the health and beauty industry.
I’ll provide some reasons for the importance of proper hydration, and we will answer the question, “Can drinking water help you lose weight?”. I’ll also share with you some other awesome benefits of keeping that new, trendy, insulated water bottle at your side all day ( You know, the one that makes you look like you are a fitness guru even if you aren’t?!).
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Impact of Hydration on Weight Loss
Well, I suppose we can begin by addressing the best part about water. Its 100% calorie free. Which, in my world, means 100% guilt free. Not many other things we can feel that way about!
I’d also like to mention that, if you are already a super fit person, and stay regularly hydrated, adding more water into your daily routine will probably not make a huge difference, but congratulations on already being on point!!
Water is absolutely essential to every human being. It actually makes up approximately 50-70% of our body weight. This does not mean, however, that drinking more of it will add to your weight. Quite the opposite happens, actually. Regular hydration will push fluids through the body, causing a drop in fluid retention. Which means proper hydration can decrease water weight in the body.
The body’s water is responsible for sustaining the health of every cell in our body (which also means keeping the cellular processes running smoothly), allowing the body to properly digest foods, effectively eliminating toxins and waste, and maintaining a healthy body temperature.
Needless to say, the body can start to function at a lower level, and even shut down at a certain level of dehydration.
The process that we know as metabolism is the series of chemical reactions that occur in the body that maintain life. It also has a great deal to do with our maintenance, or loss, of weight. BEING DEHYDRATED BY EVEN 1% CAN REDUCE METABOLISM!! This is a huge deal! I won’t say that drinking water, in and of itself, will cause a substantial weight loss (unless you’re downing around 12 sodas a day), but if you can stay hydrated, your metabolism will be working at its peak level. This can lead to effective weight loss when paired with proper nutrition and exercise.
By drinking the suggested amount of water each day, your body can begin to burn calories while at rest. Metabolism will be occurring at functional rate, and fat burning will be a realistic prospect. A dehydrated body cannot properly burn fat.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
The appropriate amount of water intake is largely based on body weight and level of physical activity. The general formula is to take your body weight and divide it by 2. The answer that you come up with is the number of ounces of water that should be consumed each day.
I would have to include “minimum”, in my opinion. Drinking more than that is totally fine as well. Just don’t overdo it! My poor brother just had two emergency room visits because he evidently drank too much water. Weird, right?
Keep in mind also that if you are feeling hungry throughout the day, it might be a good idea to grab a glass of water. The body has a difficult time distinguishing the difference between hunger and thirst. Water can sometimes suppress appetite, so choosing to drink a glass of water before reaching for a snack might very well prove effective for you.
If, like some people that I have known, you do not like water because of the lack of taste, try adding mint leaves, lemon, lime, cucumber, or ginger to your water. You can add as much or as little as preferred, really. Doing this is also thought to help the body flush out toxins. Being employed in the health and beauty industry for so many years, I would often put a drop of peppermint essential oil and part of a sliced lemon and cucumber in my water. It tastes great and it is very effective for suppression of hunger. When you have a habit of reaching for something, take proactive steps to make that a glass of water, and it will be all the easier to lose those pounds.
It has also been thought that drinking an 8 oz. glass of water before a meal may increase digestion and metabolism and slow down eating, and therefore calorie intake.
Other Benefits of Hydration
Beauty begins on the inside and works its way out of you. Ever noticed those people that have a “glow” to them? They just seem to be luminescent. Well, they are probably being good and drinking the correct amount of water. When hydrated, the skin glows with a dewy radiance. Contrary to some new makeup trends, I don’t believe that a person’s skin is supposed to have a “matte” finish. Healthy skin glows!
Staying hydrated can lead to increased endurance when exercising. I didn’t say increased enjoyment, by the way. Just endurance, haha! If you’re like me, you might notice a little bit of dizziness or increased fatigue while working out if you are not properly hydrated. Participating in fitness activities such as yoga and Pilates, in addition to staying fully hydrated, can result in long, lean muscles.
If you find yourself drinking an abundance of soda, keep in mind that the average 12 oz. soda contains 138-150 calories. That’s around 400 calories a day in soda if you are indulging in three. Get your calories from food, not beverages. Grab a glass of water instead and you might notice a pretty good difference in a short amount of time.
Drinking a big glass of water as soon as you wake up can also be a great start to the day. A 2% drop in the body’s water can lead to fuzzy short-term memory (goodness knows none of us need that), and may cause difficulty focusing, especially on computer screens or printed images. Give yourself a nice internal bath as soon as you wake, and you will probably find that you feel less fatigued, more refreshed, and ready to tackle the day.
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