Are You Drinking Enough Water?
Water helps filter toxins out of your organs, can prevent kidney stones, and keeps your entire body running more efficiently. These are all great reasons to make sure you drink enough water, but what does water have to do with losing weight? A lot!
The speed of your metabolism plays a huge role in losing weight. If you are dehydrated, your metabolism will not be running at optimum speed and can actually slow down. If you drink enough water, it can increase your metabolism significantly, allowing you to process food faster and easier, and lose weight!
Another way water can help you lose weight is by filling you up! Experts recommend drinking a large glass of water (16 ounces) before every meal. Not only can your body perceive dehydration as hunger, but water can fill you up just as food does, causing you to eat less at each meal. One study proved that the average person consumed 75 fewer calories per meal by drinking water before eating. If you are eating 3-6 meals a day… that’s 225-450 calories a day.
The average person drinks as little as half the recommended daily amount. Experts are straying from the most commonly known rule of eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day. Many are now saying that you should be drinking 0.5-1 oz. per pound of body weight. So if you are 150 pounds, you should be drinking between 75-150 ounces of water per day depending on climate and activity level.
Specifically, drinking water first thing in the morning provides some unique health benefits:
#1 Drinking water on an empty stomach purifies the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients.
#2 Water increases the production of new blood and muscle tissue.
#3 Drinking at least 16 ounces of chilled water can boost your metabolism by 24% in the morning.
#4 Glowing Skin. Water helps to purge toxins from the blood, which helps keep your skin glowing and clear.
#5 Balances your lymph system. These glands help you perform your daily functions, balance your body fluids, and fight infection.