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Water, Weight Loss & Health Tips

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Water, Weight Loss & Health Tips

Water, Weight Loss & Health Tips:

Water is essential for life, and it plays a role in many important bodily functions, including:

  • Regulating body temperature

  • Lubricating joints

  • Transporting nutrients to cells

  • Flushing out toxins

  • Flushing out fat cells

  • Aiding digestion

  • Boosting metabolism

  • Reducing hunger

  • Relieving constipation

  • Improving athletic performance

  • Protecting the kidneys

  • Preventing headaches

  • Boosting energy levels

  • Improving skin health

  • Decreasing the risk of chronic diseases

When we don't drink enough water, we can become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Muscle cramps

  • Constipation

  • Dry skin

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Low blood pressure

  • Heat stroke

In severe cases, dehydration can be fatal.

The amount of water we need to drink each day varies depending on our age, activity level, and climate. *However, the Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink about 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of fluids per day, and men drink about 3.7 liters (123 ounces) per day. Aim for at least 64 ounces of PLAIN water a day for weight loss; as plain water processes and metabolizes differently than water with additives. Most of this fluid intake should come from plain water. Other fluids that count towards our daily intake include unsweetened tea, coffee, and fruit juice. However, it's important to limit our intake of sugary drinks, as these can actually dehydrate us. Juices should also be limited, as they are high in natural sugar and carbohydrates. There are a number of ways to make sure we're drinking enough water each day. Here are a few tips:

  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.

  • Set a reminder on your phone to drink water every hour.

  • Drink a glass of water with each meal.

  • Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water for flavor.

  • Eat fruits and vegetables, which are also a good source of water.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate us.

  • Get enough sleep, as dehydration is more likely when we're sleep-deprived.

  • Manage stress, as stress can also lead to dehydration.

By following these tips, we can make sure we're staying hydrated and reaping the many benefits of water for our health and weight loss.

*Check with your physician regarding the amount of water you should be intaking, as certain medications and conditions may be affected by water intake.

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