Nutrition Tip: Drink More Water
One of the easiest tips to implement as part of transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is to drink more water. Our bodies are comprised of 55-60% water and many times we are not getting enough water to be functioning at our optimal levels. While you may think that you are not actually thirsty because you drink enough, many of these drinks are full of sugar and other calories that do not offer any health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of drinking more water:
1. Promotes weight loss – many times people mistake hunger for being thirsty. Next time you think you are hungry trying drinking 8-12 ounces of water and see if you are still hungry after a few minutes.
2. Flushes out toxins – drinking more water can help complexion, slow aging, improve the immune system, and helps with digestion.
3. Makes you feel better – by staying hydrated you are less likely to feel fatigued, suffer from headaches or cramps caused by dehydration, in turn having more energy.
A good rule of thumb is to aim to drink .5 ounces of water per pound body weight with 1 once per pound being optimal. Here are some simple ways to incorporate more water:
1. Get a fun cup that is at least 24 ounces and drink one between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner and one between dinner and before you go to bed. That’s 72 ounces of water!
2. Choose to drink only water with your meals (not soda, not beer or wine, not coffee, just water).
3. Not a fan of the taste of water? Try putting fresh fruit or cucumbers to get some different flavors! You can mix them up, cucumbers and watermelon is always a good combination.
Give it a month and try some of these tips, keep notes on how you feel, have fun with it, maybe even try to make it a game to hit your goal ounces.
– Coach Drot