Summer is an important time to be aware of how much water we are consuming. Warm, sunny days and outdoor activities lead to an increase in sweat, as your body works to keep cool. Now is the time to be particularly conscious about staying hydrated and healthy. Here are 5 significant reasons to drink water every day.
1. Weight loss
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss. Not only because it often replaces high calorie drinks like soda and juice, but also because it is a great appetite suppressant. Often when we think we are hungry, we are actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar. So, drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
2. Energy/Better Exercise
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired (slowing you down and severely hampering your athletic activities). If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, and other symptoms. Exercise requires additional water. So be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.
3. Headache cure
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it is simply from not drinking enough water.
4. Healthy skin
Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. The change will not happen overnight, but just one week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
So how much water should you drink? An easy way to compute the daily amount is to take your weight, divide it in half, and then divide that number by 8. Therefore, a 120-pound person would need a minimum of 120/2 = 60 ounces of water or 60/8 = 7.5 cups per day.
With so many benefits, now is the time to start adding water to your diet and start feeling better. Remember, even if you cannot physically see the results in front of you, every single effort is changing your body from the inside out.