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Drink Water Feel Good

With all the new beverages on the market, it may seem pointless to waste time on an ancient, no-frills, plain drink like water.  Yet if you drink water, it can help you get your “SEXY” back. You will look better, feel better and perform sports activities better.

While many of you may know some of the benefits of water, you still do not drink water.

Drink Up, Drink Water, No excuses

Lisa H. does not drink water. She has no problem opening up a diet soda for breakfast without a second thought. Then over the course of the day, she drinks a total of about one-two, 2-liter bottles of soda. I’m amazed. She is not alone. This is true for many of us, young and old.

Over the years, I have asked my clients “Why”? What are your reasons you do not drink water?  Here are a few of the responses I often get:

1. Water is too plain. I like the taste of flavored beverages.

Calorie and non-calorie sweetened beverages will get you hooked on eating and drinking more sweet because your taste buds and your brain will begin to expect and crave sweetness.  This can lead you to eat more calories all the time. Drink water to help manage calories because it is filling and to help avoid beverages that can contribute to sugar addiction.

2. For me, I love the bubbles in soda.

The bubbles in sparkling drinks may look and taste appealing and may even feel good going down. We know what goes up must come down and in this case, what goes down, will come up and out causing gas and bloating. Drink water to avoid gas and bloat.

3. I like to jump start my day with coffee, water just doesn’t do it for me.

A little caffeine won’t hurt anyone. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and when large amounts are consumed, it pulls vitamins, minerals, and water from your body leading to dehydration and a need to drink more water.

4. I just don’t drink water unless I have to. That’s because I don’t like it.

While that seems like an easy out. It isn’t. Non-sweetened flavored water is an option to help you drink water. There are a few options for you. Fresh fruits or veggies (like lime or cucumber) flavor plain water. Cold or hot, pick your favorite herbal tea flavor. There are also functional brands like CORE water and Spindrift sparkling water. Better yet, try these drinks and recipes.

5. I get water from drinking my favorite tasting foods and beverages.

Only about 20% of what we eat counts towards water intake. You should drink water (without sugar, salt, excess caffeine) for the rest of your needs.

 

Why Drinking Water?

Sixteen to twenty-eight percent of adults do not drink enough water and are dehydrated.

Children, the elderly and athletes need to drink water because these groups are more prone to dehydration.

Drink water to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can cause weakness, dizziness, fatigue, changes in mood and thinking, constipation, lower blood pressure and contribute to kidney stones. It also has an effect on sports performance and muscle recovery.

Drink Water: It Does The Body Good

Feel these 6 benefits when you drink water. 

  1. Improved energy levels.
  2. Weight loss aid as it helps to support metabolism and satiety.
  3. Better skin complexion.
  4. Body detox through sweat, urine and bowel movements.
  5. Supports digestion.
  6.  Lower susceptibility to headaches.

Quite simply, water does the body good. For Lisa H. and all of you out there who just can’t seem to drink water; Just do it!

If I Drink Water, How Much Do I Need?

There is no set recommendation for how much water to drink. Drink water based on age, gender, activity level (8 oz. for every 20 minutes of activity) pregnancy/lactation, prescription medications individual metabolism, variability in environment and heat conditions. 

However to help you gauge the adequacy of your water intake and pinpoint how much water to drink, follow suggestions made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). 

According to the IOM, you need to drink water. Women should drink 2.7 L or 91 oz. Men should drink 3.7 L or 125 oz.

Or, use a simple drink water calculation. Drink half your body 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.

It is important for children and pregnant women to drink water too.  Use this chart as a guideline.

One way to tell if you are well hydrated is to look at your urine compare it with this chart. If your pee is clear or light. You are drinking enough. If it is dark, you should down a nice fresh cold glass of water.

Drink Water for Optimal Sports Performance

Athletes are prone to dehydration. Water loss through sweat as a result of high-intensity long-duration workouts can devastate performance results. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other gut issues can be avoided, just drink water. Before (to help prevent lyte depletion) and after exercise, I like to drink water with flavored Ultima Replenisher (an electrolyte mix) as a cold drink refresher!

As little as 2% water loss of body weight can decrease physical and mental performance.  At the point, sweat causes losses of 5% or more of body weight, negatively affects sports performance by 30%.

Eating to fuel performance is critical too. If your child participates in sports, I have also outlined specific nutrients and nutrition guidelines for you.

Drink Water Wrap Up

There are really no good reasons NOT to Drink Water. Quite frankly there is nothing sexy about pumping artificial gunk into your body. Nothing sexy about passing gas and getting all dry and wrinkly from the dehydrating effects of salt, sugar, and excess caffeine. Drink water to stay hydrated and feeling good. Although you may think you can live without water, you can’t. Life is much better when you drink water.

Water is one main driving factor for energy, a youthful appearance, health and wellness, sports performance and weight loss. Open a bottle! A bottle of water that is, and drink to your health!

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Valerie Goldstein

Valerie raises the bar for health and nutrition know how with unconventional expertise and unconditional support for wellness.

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