It amazes me how many people claim that drinking water is something they just can’t do!
They complain that its hard, that they forget, or that its something they don’t like to do.
Seriously?…You can’t drink water?….hmmm.
OK, all teasing and jokes aside…
You need to drink water!
The benefits of being properly hydrated are often overlooked.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink a whole gallon a day or anything crazy like that.
Just divide your body weight in half and that’s how many ounces you need each day.
Your body weight and activity level determines how much water you need everyday.
If you workout often or live in a hot climate, you might want to drink a little more than half your body weight.
The trick to drinking water is to program yourself to drink a certain amount every hour.
The problem is that when people begin to drink water, they start chugging it down in large amounts.
What does this do?
It makes them have to go to the bathroom often.
It also makes them feel nauseous, bloated, and uncomfortable.
There is no reason for this to happen when you drink water.
You want to drink water slowly and throughout the day.
The trick is to begin drinking water as soon as you get up in the morning.
Many say to have 16 oz. of water when first waking up, but you can start off with just 8 oz.
Then, just create a reminder for every hour for your next cup.
Here’s an example of how it would go everyday:
You begin drinking water when you wake up at 7 a.m. all the way until 7 p.m. at night.
That’s 12 hours x 8 oz. of water = 96 oz. of water
You see how easy that is?
If you require more than 96 oz, then just add a couple of ounces to your hourly cup.
I promise you that just one 8-12 oz. cup of water every hour is very simple.
Below are benefits of being properly hydrated:
1. Helps Relieve Fatigue
Fatigue is the first sign of dehydration.
If you’re getting proper rest and your diet is balanced, but still feel tired often, you might not be drinking enough water.
Lack of water in the body results in a decrease of blood volume.
This results in your heart working harder to provide your bloodstream with oxygenated blood.
Drinking water is vital in order for you to feel and perform well on daily basis.
2. Improves Focus and Mood
Dehydration affects your mood and cognitive function.
You lose desire to focus and work hard on any tasks.
You’re also likely to feel irritable.
What mood do you expect to be in if you’re feeling fatigued and tired?
3. Helps Digestion and Constipation
Lack of water in the body results in constipation.
You’re gastrointestinal tract doesn’t work as well when you are dehydrated.
Dehydration results in constipation because your colon has to pull water from your stools to sustain hydration.
As a result, it becomes harder for your stools to pass properly.
4. Better Skin
Your body is one big organ.
There are toxins that your body has to flush out through your urine or stools (poop).
When your body is dehydrated, it can’t properly eliminate these toxins and as a result your skin because to suffer.
This is when acne, rashes, and oily skin begins to occur.
5. Prevents Bad Breath and Controls Appetite
Drinking water helps wash away bacteria and smelly compounds that result from food particles from your meals.
Keeping yourself hydrated and your mouth moist is a great way to prevent bad breath.
Being hydrated also helps keep your appetite by keeping you feeling full loner.
Your body can make you think and feel that your hungry, when in reality, you’re just thirsty.
These are just a few of the benefits of drinking water, and believe me when I tell you that there’re a lot more!
Here’s an interesting video I came across which shows what would happen if you actually stopped drinking water all together…
Did that motivate you to drink more water and stay hydrated?…
I hope so.
Take action now and set up that hourly alarm.
Eventually, it’ll turn into a habit and you’ll be drinking water all day long and feeling GREAT!