One largely overlooked component to a new healthy lifestyle is water intake. Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is key for many factors from digestion to muscle function. Every single cell within the human body needs water to function properly. Nuviva recommends 8 (8oz.) glasses of water each day in order to insure that everyone is getting enough. This amount can differ based on a person's lifestyle and needs so if you feel like you need more water, drink it!
Many studies show the direct correlation between increased water consumption and weight loss. One study published in the Journal of Natural Science found that after 8 weeks the increase in water intake made a difference by lowering body weight, body mass index, body fat, and appetite. This study established and proved the role of drinking water when trying to lose weight and also stabilizing your appetite.
Water is a natural appetite suppressant. It helps to take up space within your stomach and makes you feel full. One trick is when you feel like you're aimlessly snacking or over controllably hungry, drink a glass of water instead of reaching for a snack. Sometimes our body and brains confuse hunger with thirst.
Water also increases calorie burning. Have you ever heard of drinking body temperature water? Or the theory, drinking hot water makes you hydrate faster? This is true. When you ingest cold or even room temperature water, your body has to work to warm the water to body temperature. This increases your resting energy use because your body is burning calories to warm the water for digestion.
Water also helps remove waste from the body. It also helps your body recover from digestive problems. It helps the kidneys when filtering out toxins and waste. When you are dehydrated your kidneys retain fluid and can cause bloating or discomfort. Dehydration can also lead to constipation as well. Waste build up leads to the dreaded bloated feeling along with extra inches, swollen, and fatigue. In order for the body to properly cycle out waste and retain essential nutrients you must stay hydrated!
If you drink water, you're less likely to be drinking something else. Drinking water helps to reduce the overall liquid calorie intake by replacing soda with water. The high sugar and caffeinated drinks actually dehydrate you! So replace them with water and magic can happen!
Water is absolutely necessary to burn fat! Without getting extremely scientific-water helps your body metabolize and burn fat through a process called lipolysis. The first step of this process requires a molecule from the water to interact with a fat molecule. This is an extremely important human body process.
Water also helps with workouts. We all knew this one! It helps muscles, connective tissues, and joints to move properly. It also helps the lungs, heart, brain, and other organs to work effectively with maximum activity. Water also helps to fight and decrease muscle cramps and fatigue.
With all of this information given about how magical, important, and beneficial water can be it's surprising to discover how many people don't drink the recommended amount of it! The image below gives some tips to help increase water intake in easier ways!