Importance of Hydration (Plus Tips to Make Sure You’re Drinking Enough!)
We all know that drinking water is important for our daily lives. Drinking water is one of our body’s 3 basic biological urges. But why? In a nutshell, drinking water is important for the body simply because the body is comprised mostly of water! The proper balance of water and electrolytes determines how our body functions. The more hydrated you are (to a point), the more efficient your body works. Drinking fluid removes wastes from the body through urine, controls body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate, and also regulates metabolism. Without water, the body cannot function properly. It will begin to break down if it does not get the fluid it needs. But not only is hydration imperative for overall body function, it also helps with weight-loss efforts! Like stated previously, water helps to regulate metabolism. It also can help to suppress appetite (check out our previous blog for some other great appetite suppressors!), improve lipolysis, and makes exercise more efficient.
How Much Water Should I Be Drinking?
Now, how much water should you take in per day? We’ve heard it said that you should drink 8 8 oz glasses of water a day, but there’s actually not much scientific backing to that statement and it really varies person to person. Basically, you should be drinking enough water that you go to the bathroom every few hours and your urine is light in color. It’s that easy! You should also note that days you workout and get your sweat on, you’ll need to hydrate more than on a day you’re just sitting around.
How To Increase Your Water Intake
So, how can you increase your water intake, especially if you don’t like plain water? You should obviously try to get some plain water in each day, but some people just can’t seem to get enough fluid intake in with just water itself. One tip we always give our clients is to use calorie-free flavored drink powders/mixes (we love these!). These are an easy and simple way to not only get your water in but also curb cravings as well. Surprisingly, coffee, tea, and diet sodas can also contribute to your fluid intake! And again, these are great tools to kick cravings as well. Different fruits and veggies can add to your fluid intake as well. Watermelon (duh!), tomatoes, and cucumber have a very high water content.
There are also some simple habits you can start to build to keep you on track. For example, make sure to always keep a water bottle with you at all times for a reminder. Drink some water before your meals. Not only will it fill you up a little, it will also help to aid in digestion. Keep a drinking schedule and set alarms on your phone of when you need to drink. Soon enough, you’ll build those habits where drinking water just becomes second nature.
We hope this explains why staying hydrated is important to not only your weight-loss efforts but for your overall body function as well. Use these tips and tricks to get that water in and keep your body functioning smoothly and efficiently. Until next time everybody!