We all know we need to drink way more water than we do, but with all of our responsibilities, we easily let the hours go by without drinking enough. Being social often includes alcohol which dehydrates. What we need to remember is that being serious about your water consumption means you’re serious about your skin, your hair, and avoiding depression and other health problems. Still not sold? Keep reading to find out how water is probably your biggest ally. Cheers!
Tap Water Might Be Your Best Bet
Believe it or not quite a few bottled brands have been found to contain microbial contaminants. Tap water in most areas is required to be potable by the government. While it’s not high end spring water, it’s guaranteed to be safe to drink with an endless supply.
Forget Eight Cups, Go For Nine or Ten… or more
OK so here’s the deal, the only way to hit the recommended amount of water is to aim to drink more than the recommended amount. Researchers say that most men need three litres of water a day, which is 13 cups, so really, aim to drink 16. The recommended intake for women is 2.2 litres, which is about nine cups so ladies should aim for 12 cup per day. Aim for higher and you’ll see better results because of it.
Always Drink Water Before You Eat And You’ll Drop Pounds
Aside from the fact that water helps to metabolise fat, studies show that drinking a glass of water before you eat a meal will probably lead to you eating less than you normally do. Water will help you feel full faster and simplify your digestive process.
Carry Water With You
Not just when you workout but everywhere you go. H2O when you’re on the go. It’s pretty much the only way you’ll make sure to hit your daily drinking requirements. Running around, at work or on the road all day means you need to replenish the water in your body. Keeping a water container on you and filling it when you can is a must.
Depression and Dehydration Are Linked
Studies have shown that even mild forms of dehydration can warp your mood, tank your energy levels and impact your thinking.
Fruit Goes a Long Way
Don’t enjoy drinking water? While it is refreshing, it doesn’t really have a taste to some. Adding lime or lemon juice can improve the taste big time and make your water even more invigorating.
What’s The Most You Can Drink in a Day?
Reportedly, a healthy person can consume about three gallons of water in a day, which is equivalent to 48 cups. Good luck with that…
You Can Drink Too Much Water
Water intoxication is a real thing, and it often happens in situations where people are taking part in an intense physical activity. It happens when too much water in your system ends up diluting the sodium level in one’s bloodstream. In turn, an imbalance of water in the brain occurs.
People With Certain Conditions Shouldn’t Drink Too Much Water
According to the experts, people with heart conditions, kidney problems, high blood pressure or an edema (a swelling, particularly in the lower legs in this case) should decrease the amount of water they drink in a day. At the very least, they should not increase their water intake by too much. Excess water can put people at risk for health complications due to their conditions.
Millions of People Don’t Have Access to Clean Water
According to DoSomething.org, 768 million people across the world lack access to good drinking water. Don’t take for granted what you have. Get to drinking!
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