With all the new beverages on the market, it may seem pointless to waste time on an ancient, no-frills drink like water. Yet water will help you get your “SEXY” back.
While many people may know some of the benefits of water, they still do not drink enough. How much water do you need? That depends on your body, the environment, and your activity level.
Drink Up: Water Is Important
I have seen people open up a diet soda for breakfast without a second thought and drink one-two 2-liter bottle for the rest of the day. I’m always amazed and sometimes I’m bold enough to ask, “Why”? Why aren’t you selecting water as your beverage of choice? Here are a few of the responses I often get:
Reasons For and Against Drinking Water
- Water is too plain. I like the taste of flavored beverages.
- For me, I love the bubbles.
- I like to jumpstart my day with coffee, water just doesn’t do it for me.
- I just don’t drink water unless I have to. That’s because I don’t like it.
- How much water do I need? I get water from drinking my favorite beverages and from the foods I eat.
All of these reasons may seem like good ones, I guess. But really, they’re not good reasons at all, because:
- When you drink beverages that are artificially flavored (or contain non-nutritive sweeteners) your taste buds begin to expect the sweetness. This can lead to eating more calories.
- The bubbles in sparkling drinks may look and taste appealing or feel good going down. But they don’t dissolve. They must and will come out. Gas/bloating anyone?
- Your early morning caffeine “jumpstart” can affect your ability to and quality of sleep. Caffeine pulls vitamins, minerals, and water from your body.
- You are fooling yourself into thinking you don’t need to drink water. Some people wrongly assume that they don’t need water because water is a part of the foods you are eating/drinking.
- Quite frankly there is nothing sexy about pumping artificial gunk into your body. Nothing sexy about not sleeping, passing gas and getting all dry and wrinkly from the dehydrating effects of caffeine, excess sugar and salt. Drinking water will rehydrate your body without the excess effects sugar, salt or caffeine.
Benefits of Drinking Water
Water is simple but it can be jazzed up to give it a little more appeal. Try adding real fruits or vegetables (like cucumber and lime). Water is necessary for good health. Some of the benefits of drinking water are:
- Increased energy levels lessening feelings of fatigue.
- Promoting weight loss by helping to support metabolism and satiety.
- Improvements in skin complexion.
- Flushing out the toxins from your body through sweat.
- Supporting digestion and elimination.
- Helping to lower susceptibility to headaches.
Quite simply, water does the body good.
How Much Water Do I Need?
If you want your “sexy” back, drinking enough water is one way to get it. Your body needs about ½ your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds you should drink about 100 oz. of water. If you weigh 100 pounds you may only need about 50 oz. You should drink more water if you exercise (the rule of thumb is 8 oz. for every 20 minutes of activity), travel on planes and if it’s hot and humid outside.
Water is one main driving factor for health and wellness, sports performance and weight loss. Open a bottle! A bottle of water that is, and drink to your health.