Since the body is 70% water, drinking water is something important for your mental and physical health, and the health of your skin too. Although doctors have updated their recommendation from eight glasses a day to a variable amount based on your weight and exercise, getting enough water is a good New Year’s Resolution to have! Staying hydrated will help keep your skin clear, it can aid in weight loss, and it can improve your mood! Read on to find out how much water you should drink, the benefits water can have on your system, and some tips that you can use to drink more water!
Doctors recommend that you should drink between half an ounce and an ounce per pound that you weigh. For someone that is 150 pounds, for example, would drink between 75 and 150 ounces of water a day. If you live in a warm climate, exercise a lot, have a fever, diarrhea, or are vomiting, you must drink even more water. Pregnant women are also advised to drink more water. Doctors recommend that for every 30 minutes you are in the gym, you need to add 12 ounces to your water intake to maintain your hydration. You can tell that you are hydrated enough if you check the color of your urine in the toilet. If your urine is clear, or a very pale yellow, you are properly hydrated! Any dark yellow coloring, brown coloring, or any green coloration means that you need to drink more water or see a doctor, respectively.
Water Can Aid in Weight Loss
Drinking water before a meal can act as an appetite suppressant. Drinking a glass of water before every meal simulates fullness, making you eat less! People who drank water before a meal ate an average of 75 fewer calories per meal. That’s eight pounds lost every year! Drinking water also helps stimulate your metabolism, meaning that the calories that you do eat are processed more efficiently than someone who doesn’t drink water. If you think you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water– you may just be thirsty!
The Bodily Benefits of Water Consumption
Drinking water is beneficial for your skin’s health as well! Proper hydration helps prevent dry, flaky skin, which is less resilient and more prone to wrinkles and cracks than the surface of adequately hydrated people. Applying water to your skin is just as important as drinking it– try using a water-based moisturizer after you get out of the shower for added benefits.
Water helps improve kidney function as well. The kidneys help filter toxins from your body, so drinking water can make your organs function efficiently and prevent painful kidney stones and urinary tract infections, or UTIs. Water consumption is also significant for the development and maintenance of muscular strength, joint lubrication, and a proper digestive system. In short, because 70% of your body is composed of water, try drinking an ice-cold glass of water the next time that you feel something is wrong!
Easy Tips for Including More Water in Your Diet
To drink more water, make sure that you have easy access to it. Consider keeping a gallon jug of water close to you for you to measure your intake accordingly. Alternatively, holding a pretty water bottle near you also encourages you to drink water!
Making it a routine to drink a glass of water before you get out of bed in the morning or before you go to the bathroom is also an excellent way to increase your water intake. Apps with push notifications are also great motivation to drink more water. Adding a fruit infusion of a wedge of lemon to your water can help with taste, or even adding packets of flavor to water (try to dilute those, because the sugar can add to your daily caloric intake.) If you have an addiction to sugary drinks, consider diluting them with water to keep your water intake up.
Are there any tips you have that you think would help people drink more water, or any health effects of proper hydration that you think are more important than the ones we included here? Let us know in the comments section below!