Water, Water, Everywhere

What is it with drinking water that has some many people seemingly obsessed with drinking it all the time? For the life of me, I cant' remember ever being reminded to drink water when I was a kid. Did we all just run around dehydrated for most of our childhood?

Your body uses water for many functions and it is easy to understand that you lose water through actions such as crying, sweating, breathing and digestion. How much water you should drink is determined by many factors including the climate you live in, how much physical activity your engage in and whether you are battling an illness or are healthy.

There are many other options out there for quenching thirst, so what makes water the number one choice? First of all, it doesn't contain added sugars, preservatives or chemicals. Secondly, it's free (for the most part) and thirdly, it's simple to attain and drink. But, water is more than a just a thirst quencher.  Water helps your body regulate temperature, keeps your cells moist and flushes out toxins that have built up in your gut. Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in your blood, brain and bones but also creates a cushion and lubrication for your joints.

If drinking water seems a bit overwhelming for you, here are a few tips that can help you increase your intake without drowning:

1. Get a cute cup that you want to keep refilling. I just LOVE using my SIC cup. It's super cute, keeps my water cold, has a LIFETIME warranty and fits perfectly in my car cup holder!!!!!

2. Gradually increase your intake. Don't try to go from drinking 8 fl oz to 128 fl oz in one day. You will shock your body and will feel sick, heavy and won't want to continue. By gradually allowing your body to adapt to the increased intake, you will start feeling refreshed, your skin will glow and you will feel so much better. Start today by just doubling your current intake and go up from there. You should work up to getting in about 100 fl oz a day.

3. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Your body is already dehydrated by the time the thirst signal is given to you from your brain. By consistently drinking water throughout the day, you will avoid getting thirsty and will also crowd out the desire for sugary drinks.  If your body is satisfied and satiated with drinking water, you will find that you can easily skip the afternoon coffee or soda habit.

Drinking water doesn't have to be a chore-- no more than taking a shower is one. Think of drinking water as a way to flush out the toxins that have accumulated in your gut from excess junk food, caffeine or alcohol. By increasing your water intake, you will be helping your blood clean out the junk and increase your sleep, energy and weight loss.

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