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I gave up sodas/cokes last year as one of my New Year Resolutions and I am glad to say that for the most part I have really stuck with it. I drink water 95% of the time now with the occasional coffee/frappe or juice thrown into the mix. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a water drinker but now that I drink it almost exclusively I almost can’t stand to drink anything else.
Before I became an exclusive water drinker I was on a 3-4 Diet Coke a day habit!! I am almost too ashamed to write that!! It’s no wonder I felt so blah all the time, I was dehydrated and full of sodium and fake sugar! I was tired all the time and so so so thirsty all the time and so I just kept drinking more! I had truly forgotten what it felt like to have my thirst quenched by some good ole plain water.
One thing I will never understand is when people say they hate the taste of water?! How can you hate something that makes up about 60% of your body?? Craziness!!
So today I am going to share with you my top seven reasons to drink more water and the effect it has on your body!!
- Since our bodies are made up of 60% water you literally need it to live or you will die. Plain and simple.
- The skin is the largest organ on the human body. You need to drink plenty of water in order for it to stay hydrated and for it to keep regenerating by aiding in new cell growth. If a smooth, glowy completion is your goal then you need to up your water consumption!
- Waste management. Your body needs water to help flush it out and this includes flushing by way of urine and sweat.
- Increased water consumption helps with constipation by aiding in the dissolution of fats and fiber.
- A lot of headaches are caused by dehydration and the only way to help with that is to drink more water and stay hydrated!
- Drinking a full glass of water before each meal has been shown to make you feel fuller and therefore you won’t overeat and maybe shed a pound or two?!
- Drinking water has been shown to elevate your mood by clearing out the “brain fog”and helping you to think more clearly.
My favorite TV trainer Chris Powell has always recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day and I fully agree with him! So if you weigh 100 lbs then you need to drink 50 ounces of water per day. To some people this may seem like a lot of water at first but you get used to it, and of course the increased number of trips to the bathroom! HA!
Drinking this amount of water daily is extremely important in helping your body function properly and makes you just feel good!! I know I feel so much better after drinking water!!
Are you a water drinker??
Do you drink enough water a day??
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
I always try to drink more water throughout the day. I always have some flavored water in the fridge so it’s tasty and easy to grab!
Travel Blogger says
I don’t think most people realize how important it is to drink more water. We suck down coffee and pop and lots of other stuff we don’t need. Our bodies need water, more water. Thanks for the reminder!
Franc Ramon says
Drinking water is important to keep the body functioning at an optimal level. It’s the most important sustenance we need to power up our day.
Mimi Green says
I just made breakfast so I can sit down and read some blogs. I thought, wow a soda would be nice, I have one already nice and chill.
One of my goals for the year was to consume more water. I love water, always have but I got hooked on soda really bad. Like a soda a day bad. I’ve now increase my water intake during the day and will allow myself one soda a week.
I was just on the verge of cheating when I sat down and read this. I’m now guzzling cold water. Thanks for keeping me on track.
Esther | The Cuteness says
I carry a water bottle around with me everywhere! I drink tons of water. I quit diet coke years ago when I got pregnant the first time and never looked back. I used to to drink it instead of water… so bad!
Liz Mays says
I started setting a water bottle on my nightstand and keeping it at my desk during the day. I know I don’t usually drink enough water.
Jennifer Pilgrim says
I’m so happy that I was able to break my Diet Coke addiction, as well. I like buying cute water bottles that make drinking water fun.
Way to go for giving up sodas! Bravo! I gave up soda two years ago. I would drink it if there are no other choices – like when I was in remote island for vacation and they only brought us sodas lol. I drink water about 2-3 liters a day.
Being pregnant has been a big help in getting me to drink more water. I hope that once the baby comes I can still continue to drink this much. I really like all your tips, especially if it helps me think clearly. Thanks for sharing!
Rebecca Swenor says
These are great reasons for people to drink more water and day. Drinking water is so important to our minds, bodies, and souls. I have chronic migraines and I do know that water is my go to when I am getting a bad headache. Thanks for sharing the information about water.
Jasmine Watts says
I always keep water bottle on my working desk so that I can drink more water. Many people don’t realize how important it is to drink more water.
Jennifer Pritchard Kearney says
These are all great points. Because of your post, I just went to refill my 20 oz bottle of water. I try to drink 4 of these per day!
I am one of those people who hate the taste of water but to be fair water in the U.K. Is weird lol in Zambia and even when I was in the states I drunk water no problem. Great post
Vera Sweeney says
I am working on upping my water intake. Carrying a water bottle with me all the time helps so much!
aaronica @ the crunchy mommy says
i used to be sooooooo good at drinking water but i’m such a creature of convenience and Brita is hating on my habits!!!
I have always drink a lot of water and knew how important it is , but I had no idea of the actual facts! Thanks for the list
Great tips! I really do need to drink more water I know it is better for my health.