Every book, person, website, doctor, robot say, "DRINK MORE WATER. Drinking water keeps you fuller. Drinking water helps you lose weight. Drinking water keeps you hydrated."
Are all of these true? Is drinking water really that important?
Your body is made up of 60% water (over half!). Your blood is 92% water while your muscles and brain are made up of 75% of water and your bones are made up of 22% water. The mere fact that over half of your body is made up of water should be enough for every person in the world to drink water consistently, however, it is not. With soda, fruit juices, energy drinks, alcohol and anything else drink companies can come up with as an alternative to water, people drink. Why? It tastes better, but it is not better for YOU.
Drinking water is not only necessary for survival, but it really does help in resisting the urge to eat as well as helps you lose weight (if you choose it versus a sugar-filled . Drinking more water fills you up, meaning no unnecessary snacking at work or while you watch television. Since your muscles are 75% water, drinking more H2O will energize your muscles and keep them from cramping and causing injury. Water also helps in keeping your skin looking healthy. Your skin needs water to stay moisturized and keep from staying dry. By drinking more water your kidneys will thank you. Water-soluble waste passes through the kidneys which is why your urine changes colors depending on your hydration level. The more hydrated you are, the lighter urine color. The less hydrated you are, the darker urine color. If you do not drink enough water, you are at higher risk for kidney stones. Lastly, water helps maintain your normal bowel movements. Drinking enough water will prevent constipation from occurring.
You should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces. So for example if you are 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 oz. of water a day. If you are exercising that day you need to drink more than that! Always have a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated!
Not a fan of the taste of water? Try a lemon or lime slice. Also, eat water-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.