There’s one thing I never leave home without – my water bottle.
This wasn’t always the case though. Some years ago, I never gave much thought to drinking water and the importance of staying well hydrated. Water tasted boring to me and I didn’t like it. Thinking back on it now, I’m sure I was chronically dehydrated. I often had headaches and felt sluggish during the day.
My water routine has changed quite a bit, and I feel so much better!
If you’re not a water drinker, it may be time to change things up. In fact, if you are trying to lose some weight, water can help with this quite a bit. Follow these guidelines:
- Drink at least eight glasses of clean, pure water throughout the day to help with appetite control and flush out metabolic and environmental toxins through your kidneys.
- Try drinking two glasses of water before you eat; this alone has been proven to help you lose weight. In fact, researchers found that drinking water before meals increases weight loss by about 44 percent.
- Skip water and other beverages that are artificially sweetened with chemicals such as Sucralose (aka, Splenda). To date, their safety has not been proven and they can contribute to cravings in some people.
Water is particularly good for weight loss when it replaces other beverages that are high in calories and sugar like soda, sports drinks, and iced tea. Without a doubt, water is the best way to stay hydrated. It is thirst quenching and calorie-free.
If you find water to be boring, add some flavor to it. To make a flavored fizzy drink, start with seltzer and flavor it by adding fresh herbs (e.g., mint, lavender, ginger, and basil), pieces of fruit (e.g., lemon, lime, orange, watermelon, and berries) or even slices of cucumber.
Drink up and your body will thank you for it!
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