One of the most important habits you can establish is to start drinking water on a regular basis. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or to lose 30lbs, drinking more water is a key habit you can develop to improve your health and get closer to your goals.
Water plays a part in most of the chemical reactions in your body. Every cell in your body needs water to work properly. Water aids in digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and body temperature regulation. All vitamins and minerals are fat or water soluble, therefore water helps you get more energy from the foods you eat.
Benefits of Drinking More Water
Water helps control calories. Drinking water with each meal helps "fill you up” and control how much you consume.
Water improves performance. Maintaining a proper fluid-electrolyte balance helps prevent dehydration and improves performance. Drinking the proper amount of water helps regulate your electrolyte level, which aids muscle action.
Water helps keep you looking young. Water makes up 64% of your skin and acts as a protective barrier. When we become dehydrated our skin can become flakey or cracked. So drink plenty of water if you want young glowing skin.
Water helps your kidneys cleanse your body. Water helps your kidneys flush toxins out of your body. So stop spending hundreds of dollars on sugary juice “cleanses” and start buying more bottled water.
Water also prevents constipation. So if you are having trouble in the bathroom start drinking more water and you can save yourself some time and pain in the restroom.
How to get more water in your diet
So we know drinking water is important but how do we drink more of it? The goal should be to get three litres a day but you may need to adjust this based on activity level, where you live and/or season.
Drink water with each meal. This can be an easy way to get more water. Every time you grab your plate grab a glass. (this also helps control how much you eat as mentioned above.)
Set a timer on your phone. If you are trying to get 3 litres figure out how many hours you are awake and divide this os you are drinking the allotted amount every two hours.
Eat more fruits and veggies. Oranges, cucumbers, leafy greens are all filled with water. Try snacking on these throughout the day to increase water intake.
Buy a cool water bottle (or put a cool sticker on it) and keep it at your desk. This way you will always have it around and want to keep it near.