Let’s face it - chronic low-grade dehydration is a big problem in the United States. It is especially a problem when you are trying to lose weight. Staying hydrated helps flush toxins, makes us feel fuller and speeds up fat burning. These three reasons alone provide a great motive to stay hydrated. While important for overall health and well-being, maintaining proper hydration is critical for those who are actively trying to lose weight.
Without enough water in the body, cells get congested, skin can’t detox, and the bladder and kidneys won’t work properly. You’ll feel tired and eat more too. Often, when you feel hungry, your body is really telling you that you are dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water before you reach for a snack.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated:
- Combats fatigue
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Alleviates allergies and asthma
- Makes you skin, joints, and digestive system healthier
- Flushes out unwanted bacteria from bladder and kidneys
- Slows the aging process
- Aids in circulation
- Helps regulate the body’s cooling system
One caveat is that water is water. Tea, coffee, soft drinks etc. are not substitutes for water. A good rule of thumb to get the proper amount of water is divide your body weight in half – that is how many ounces of water you should drink each day (175 lbs. you should drink 88 oz of water a day.) It is best if you spread you water consumption throughout the day.
How much water are you drinking?