Want to lose weight? Drink Water!

Do you drink 8 glasses of water a day? Do you even drink one? Did you know that the brain consists of 90% water? It keeps you hydrated, regulates body temperature, transports nutrients and oxygen into the cells, moisturizes the air in our lungs and it fills you up. Clean, pure water is one of the greatest gifts in life. Don’t take it for granted and start using it for yoeu mind, body and even weight loss. Here are some easy tips to follow.

Drinking hot water first thing in the morning with a wedge of lemon will keep you alkalized. It also helps with digestion. My Aunt Esther, who is 98, swears by it. I ask her all the time, “what is your secret to living a long, healthy life?” She responds, “my hot water with lemon every morning and night”. I have followed her advice and it has become a ritual for me. It gets me calm and cleans me out. Even my skin glows and I feel better.

Water really does help you lose weight. Most of us are actually thirsty when we think we are hungry. Have a glass of water before each meal and watch how you become somewhat full, causing you to eat less. You just have to remember to drink that glass of water before you eat.

How much water do you drink a day? Every day you lose a certain amount of water through normal, daily activities. About an additional 2 liters of water is also lost daily through sweating, breathing and bowel movements (the average urine output for adults is 1.5 liters a day). For your body to function properly, you must rehydrate with beverages and foods that contain water. Eight glasses of water a day (8 ounces each glass) is the minimum you should be drinking. Food also accounts for 20 percent of your fluid intake, so you if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups), along with your normal diet, you can replace the lost fluids.

Start drinking water. It’s easy and it’s simple. Not to beat a dead horse, but let me reiterate all the benefits: it keeps you hydrated, keeps your skin glowing, aids in digestion, keeps you alert, makes you more full before a meal and helps you lose weight. Why wouldn’t you want to start drinking more water?

Something I do that’s really cool is to add cucumbers (maybe even lemon, lime and/or strawberries to add some more color and flavor) to my water. It makes it more interesting and a little less boring; it makes it more of an event. So start today. If getting up to eight 8-ounce glasses a day is hard for you, find ways (like above) to make it more of an event. Give yourself this simple, easy, wonderful treat. Drink water. Let us know how much healthier, happier and maybe even thinner you become. You’ll thank yourself for it!

Article written by: Betsy Karp

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