Is Water Really THAT Important?

16 02 2012

Liz Gilchrist

Let me start by saying, I am not surprised by the lack of water participants report and their difficulty when it comes to increasing their consumption. I personally struggle at times with drinking my recommended 8 glasses. With that being said, maybe it’s time for a refresher on why water is so important to healthy living and weight management.

Water is the building block of life. It accounts for 55% or more of the body’s composition and is necessary for filtering toxins, easing digestion and maintaining overall balance for internal organs. More specifically, increasing water consumption can ease stress. Brain tissue is approximately 80% water and when you are dehydrated, even slightly, your mind and body suffer. Need a pick me up at work. Keep a bottle of water at your desk! No one needs an additional stressor.

In addition to aiding the filtering process of the kidneys, water also flushes waste through the pipes, both internal and otherwise. It can rep up your metabolism, keep you from overeating at meals and assist with increasing energy. Many times people believe they are hungry, when really, they’re thirsty.

Hopefully your wheels are spinning about when you typically drink water. An answer is probably while you are working out. This is a GREAT choice! Water is not only critical for replenishing during exercise, especially cardio, but essential to avoid muscle cramping and hitting the dreaded “wall.”

While you can’t literally see the internal benefits of water, there is a way you can visually embrace the beauty. It is a natural anti-aging secret for the body’s largest organ, the skin. It fills cells and keeps skin looking plump and fresh. People who look younger may not have a secret, they may just drink more water.

Here are some suggestions for getting in more water throughout your day.

– Make it a habit to drink a glass when you get out of bed. This is a surefire way to set your day up for success.

– Add some flavor if you can’t get into the taste, or lack thereof.  Squeeze in some lemon or check out my favorite, True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange, which is simply crystallized all natural fruit.

– Freeze bits of fruit for flavoring. Adding these to water will not only pump up the flavor, but help with getting in a serving of fruit or even vegetables. Ideas include orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon and even cucumbers.

– Replace one drink with calorie free water. Whether it is soda, coffee or anything in between, your body will thank you.

– Buy a reusable water bottle. They are rather inexpensive ($3 -$20) and can be used for extended periods of time when washed regularly. Concerned about filtering? There are bottles that come with a filter built in. However, you will need to buy replacements.

– Buy a case of bottled water to keep at work and always have one on your desk, gym bag or purse.

– Find yourself grazing on snacks in the evening? Remember the information above. You may not be hungry, but thirsty and drinking a glass of water may curb that craving and promote success with weight loss.

– Track your water intake daily. If you are keeping a food log, this is an easy addition. Most online tools have the capability to enter glasses consumed, or add another column to your notebook. Not keeping a log, try keeping a note on your fridge and put a mark for every glass you drink.

– Set a reminder in your phone or computer at work. Make a date with water and when the alarm goes off, taking a few swigs or down a glass.

– Eat something spicy. You will be going for some water before you know it.

– Set a goal for water intake, such as 6 oz per hour. This is more than enough to reach the quota of 8 glasses per day and will keep you from having to guzzle and chug it down.




One response

16 02 2012

Great information. I’ve been trying to keep up with my intake but this inspires me to do it even more.

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