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Water: Why It Is Your Body’s Best Friend


     Water, the earth needs it, and so do you! Water makes up more than half of your body weight, and a person can’t survive for more than a few days without it. Why? Your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. Like what, you ask?

Healthy heart
 

I think we can all agree that a healthy heart is a happy heart. Drinking water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses. Have you had your 5 glasses today?

Healthy skin

How can you tell if a Belle is healthy? Her skin of course! Your skin is one of the first signs of not drinking enough water. Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.

 

Energy

If you depend on coffee and energy drinks to keep you going during the day you may want to limit your intake. Caffeine is a natural dehydrator and being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired. If you’re feeling thirsty, that means you’re already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.

Weight-loss

Put down those high-calorie drinks such as soda and sugary juices, and replace them with a nice cold cup of water. By just making a slight change in your daily beverages routine, you will see the difference. It is also a great appetite suppressant. Great to keep in mind: often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Crazy, huh? Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar, so drink plenty to help your get-healthy, weight loss regimen

Not a fan of drinking water? No problem! Here are a few tips to make drinking water your new healthy habit. 

How much water?

This is a debatable question. What’s clear is that the old recommendation of “eight 8-ounce glasses a day” isn’t right for several reasons: that amount includes all dietary water intake, including food and non-water beverages; it also ignores a person’s body weight, which is an important factor in figuring the amount; it also varies if you are sick or exercise. It’s also not good to just drink when you’re thirsty. Remember, you’re already dehydrated by then. Best is to form a routine: drink a glass when you wake up, a glass with each meal, a glass in between meals, and be sure to drink before, during and after exercise. Try to generally keep yourself from getting thirsty.

Carry a bottle

It is a bit of a hassle to get up every hour and drink a glass of water at work or at home. Many people find it useful to get a reusable drinking bottle, fill it with water, and carry it around with them all day. There are tons of water bottles out there, pick one that matches your personality (or your outfit) and stay hydrated all day!

Make it fun!

Bored with plain old water? Perk it up by squeezing a wedge of lemon or lime into it. Or drink other liquids such as fat-free milk, unsweetened fruit juices, and flavored sparkling waters. You can also try flavored powder to put in your water such as Crystal Light products. They come in many great flavors!. However, remember moderation is key. Some of them are really high in sugar.

Exercise

We should already be exercising at least three times a week just to keep us healthy. But exercising can also help make you want to drink water more. It’s not necessary to drink sports drinks like Gatorade when you exercise, unless you are doing it for more than an hour. If you’re going to exercise, be sure to drink water a couple hours ahead of time, so that it will get through your system in time, and again, drink during and after exercise as well.

Set a reminder

If all else fails, try setting your phone to beep at the top of each hour, or set a periodic computer reminder, so that you don’t forget to drink water.

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This entry was posted on February 15, 2012 by in Bliss, Happy Belle, Healthy Belle, Savvy Belle and tagged , , .
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