You've heard it a thousand times: Drinking Water benefits your health!
Yes, it's true and there's a number of reasons why you should drink plenty of water. In fact It's one of the best habits you can start.
I'll tell you in a minute why you should do it, and how you can easily adopt that habit within a short time - even if you've failed many times before.
1. Drink Water = Weight Loss
Well, almost. Off course it's not as easy as that, but drinking water can help to lose weight for a variety of reasons. First of all, because it doesn't contain any calories. If you replace your usual soda or juice with water, then you're in for an instant calorie-reduction. Good!
Secondly, we often eat something, when in fact, we're thirsty. The next time you feel hungry, first drink a glass of water. More often than not, you won't be hungry anymore.
2. Stay Hydrated
Did you know, that especially elderly people are chronically hydrated? Your body consists of about 90% of water. And without proper hydration, it won't work as well as it should. Results? Headaches, migraines, lack of concentration and energy.
If I forget to drink enough water during the day, I often get bad headaches. Not good.
3. Look Younger
That's what we all want, right? Why do you think pregnant women often look so magnificent? Because their body retains a lot more water than usual (this has disadvantages if it's too much). Make sure, your body has enough pure liquid to keep your skin glowing and your cells working properly to renew.
4. Stay Healthy
Pure water is the best cleansing treatment you can give your body. It's cheap, it's easy and it's effective. Water flushes out the toxins (not like soft drinks or soda that add to your toxin load). And did I say it actually tastes good?
5. Keep up your Metabolism
Your body needs water for about anything it does. Without enough liquid, you're doomed. Kidneys will not work well, toxins are accumulated, your overall performance goes down, even your cancer risk can rise. If that aren't good reasons to go right now and pour yourself a glass of water, then what?
6. Quench Your Thirst
That's obvious, right? Humans can live for weeks and even months without food, but a mere few days without drinking. That should convince you of the ultimate importance to drink enough water :-)
Form a water habit! Easier said than done, but with our simple steps, you won't even notice the effort.
Best drinking water benefits come from clean and pure water!
If you live in an area where the tap water is heavily supplemented with chlorine and fluoride, invest in a good filter or use only bottled water.
1.Make it Easy
This applies to any and all habits or chores: make it easy to do it. Fill up a big 32 ounce (1 liter) bottle first thing in the morning and take it with you to your office or wherever you work. Keep the bottle right in front of you.
Personally I don't like to drink directly from the bottle, therefore I also keep a glass on my desk and make sure, it's never empty. You'll be surprised how much you drink, just because it's there!
2. Make it Sparkle
I never used to like plain water. Just didn't feel like drinking that stuff. But when I was first introduced to those home water sparkling machines, I was delighted. Sparkling water (also sometimes called soda water or seltzer) tastes so much better.
Without waiting any longer, I bought a SodaStream soda maker for my kitchen and now live happily ever after. Just don't use any of the syrups and flavors that come with it. You want to drink pure water, nothing else.
3. Make it Tasty
If the sparkly water doesn't make it for you, add some natural flavor. Don't use syrups and artificial flavors though! With the herbs and fruits below you can even enhance your drinking water benefits:
Lemon - squeeze half a lemon into a bottle of water (or use pure lemon juice). Yummy! It adds a fresh and tangy taste as well as some added health benefits like plenty of Vitamin C to boost your immune system.
Mint- not only for teas and infusion. Put some fresh peppermint, spearmint or watermint leaves into your carafe and the smell and taste will delight you. It's refreshing and calming at the same time and it even looks great!
Grapefruit - another favorite. Not as acid as lemon, but with the same drinking water benefits.
Let your imagination go wild and experiment with Basil, Strawberries, Cranberries, Apples, Thyme, Ginger, etc.