Thirsty Thursday: Water
Water is literally essential to life.
All of our bodily functions depend on water.
Water can even help your body to fight back against the most common life threatening illnesses.
When we are born our bodies are made of 80% water, which gradually decreases as we age.
But how many of us drink enough water every day?
Growing up, we were told to drink 8 glasses of water a day; assuming that is an 8oz glass of water, that equals out to about 64oz of water for the day. If you weighed 130 lbs, this would be enough water, but if you weigh more, you definitely need more water! The average American weighs an approximate 15 lbs more than they did in the 1980's, which means they need more water.
Today, the daily recommended amount of water is 1/2 your weight in ounces, which is easy enough to calculate, but any additional water you consume will contribute to weight loss.
From apps to special water bottles, there are so many ways to ensure that you get enough water throughout the day. Calculate how much water you need, then set a goal for yourself.
How many ounces will you drink before breakfast?
How many ounces will you drink before lunch?
How many ounces will you drink before dinner?
How many ounces will you drink after dinner?
Drinking 1 Liter (or 33 ounces) of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning will help to jumpstart your metabolism and help to re-energize your body before you break your fast.
Drinking one glass of water at least 30 minutes before a meal will aide in digestion and weight loss while drinking 1 glass of water one hour after completing a meal will help your body to absorb the nutrients from that meal. On the contrary, drinking any kind of liquid too close to a meal will dilute your digestive juices, which can lead to bloating, indigestion, and malabsorption of nutrients. Instead of over drinking before/during/after a meal, try to ensure you are hydrated throughout the day and if you must drink during your meal to get your food down, limit yourself to 8 ounces of water.
Drinking one glass of water before bed will help your body cycle through any toxins present and dispel waste instead of allowing them to harm your insides.
Now go out there and drink water like it's going out of style!