I wish I was revealing the world’s best kept secret here. Like this groundbreaking solution that would revolutionize the way you lived and solve all your health and weight related problems. But what I have for you today is not new, but a little refresher course and some practical tips could have a real impact on your health goals…
#1 Way to Get and Stay Skinny ==> Stay Hydrated!
And not just with any fluid, the right fluid. Mainly, water. About 60% of your body weight comes from water and it is involved in every metabolic process, needless to say, proper hydration is essential in maintaining health, supporting energy and of course, helping you maintain a healthy body weight.
The bad news: Chronic dehydration can cause a wide variety of common and mildly taxing medical complications like fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, constipation, and headaches to more serious conditions like ulcers, high blood pressure, kidney disease and much worse.
The good news: Reports indicate that 75% of American’s may be suffering from chronic dehydration. How can that be considered good news?
Because it’s so easy to fix!
The symptoms of dehydration are also some of the most common and debilitation issues so many of us suffer from daily. If something as easy as drinking more water (a free and for the most part, widely available substance) can help 3 out of 4 people – I’d say let’s get on this! You know I love simple solutions, so drinking more water along with living a Clean & Colorful life really can be the secret to getting and staying skinny!
How much water should you drink?
There is in fact, not a lot of science behind “8 glasses a day.” As I was completing my Holistic Nutrition Certification, the topic came up quite a bit. It turns out that wide spread recommendation is actually from one study done in 1921 which was performed by one author who determined that he lost 3% of his body weight in water per day. So that translated to 8 cups and that became the basis of water needs for an entire population.
It’s almost laughable. My notes actually say “lol.”
But the predicament is real. I mean, who will pay for a comprehensive study when water can’t be patented? There are some legit studies out there that we can piece together to come up with more appropriate recommendations…
- One survey study found that a high intake a fluid can reduce bladder cancer.
- Another one found that those who had 5+ glasses a day had 50% reduced risk of heart disease since water lowers blood viscosity.
Based on theses findings (among others) and taking into consideration that we get about a liter of water a day from the food we eat, it’s recommended that:
- Women get 8-11 cups fluid per day, 4 – 7 cups of water.
- Men should shoot for 10-15 cups fluid per day, 6-11 cups of water.
Hot Hydration Tips:
- Alcohol, while it is a liquid, actually has a dehydrating effect in the body. Aim to have 8 oz more water for every alcoholic beverage to stave off dehydration and the biological urge to drink more.
- Caffeine can also be dehydrating, so sodas, coffee and teas my not help you stay hydrated as well as simple water.
- Sodas, teas and juices may also come with a ton of unnecessary sugar, so be on the nutrition label lookout.
- Exercise is of course dehydrating as well. Be sure to add 8 oz for every 15 min of exercise.
- Always remember to drink before you’re thirsty and follow these Top 10 Tips to Drink More Water throughout the day along with my top tools to help you do that!
How well do you stay hydrated and what is your best tip to drink more water?
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