Feeling hungry? Yeah, me too. But often times, that gurgle in your belly isn’t really your body saying it wants food – you’re probably just thirsty. Not consuming enough water in your diet can throw your body way more out of whack then I ever imagined.
Dr. Howard Flaks, a bariatric (obesity) specialist says, “By not drinking enough water, many people incur excess body fat, poor muscle tone and size, decreased digestive efficiency and organ function, increased toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness and water retention.”
Who knew, right!?
How much water should you drink, and why?
Most people know the old standard of 8 – 8 ounces of water a day. But this old math has fallen by the way side. To figure out how much water you should be drinking now, you should divide your weight by half, and that will be the amount of ounces you should consume.
For example, someone who is 180 pounds should be drinking 90 ounces a day. That’s 11.25 glasses of water! This new way of looking at water has proven especially helpful for making sure my little loves are consuming as much fluids as their smaller bodies require.
In addition to getting more water, we should get more exercise to make the “hunger” pains go away
It’s important to also be aware of your activity level and your environment when it comes to your water consumption. Obviously, the more active you are, or the hotter it is – so bump yourself up by a glass or two. A good gauge to see if your input is meeting your body’s requirement: check your output. Your urine should be clear, or a really pale yellow. If your urine is dark, it’s time to grab a glass of H2O.
Not consuming enough water can lead to dehydration, which is serious business. Dehydration can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, heat illnesses and lead to heat strokes. But more importantly, every biological system in our body is dependent upon water.
It’s what keeps our ears, nose and throat moist. It even keeps our lungs moist! It carries the nutrients to our cells and it flushes toxins out of our organs. The next time you see someone with radiant skin, ask them how much water they drink. I bet they probably have some water within arm’s reach.
Freeing your body of toxins isn’t where the genuineness behind this liquid ends. You know what else is brilliant about water? It’s practically free. Go turn on your kitchen faucet. Now, I know you have to pay your monthly water bill, but how does that stack up to your monthly beverage bill of soda, sports drinks, and juice?
Most places, like your work, office or doctor’s offices, will have a water cooler available to you, so carry your cup and fill up at no cost! While eating out, my entire family orders water and it saves us nearly $10 on our bill.
And with thinking free, the thing that I love most about water….it’s CALORIE FREE! I can drink as much as I want all day long, and not only do I not blow my diet – but I’m also doing my body good! Bottoms up!