Top 5 Reasons To Drink Water

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Healthy Tips, Nutrition
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Let’s start this blog off strong with a Stephanie’s Top 5!  I love “top” lists…  They are a straight-forward, down to the nitty-gritty, get-rid-of-the-crap way to get information.  Drum roll please…

Stephanie’s Top 5 Reasons To Drink Water

  1. Water has ZERO calories.  You can literally drink it all day long!  You can lose up to 20 lbs in a year if you just switch out high calorie drinks (sodas, juices, etc) for water.  And it fills you up to wane off hunger pangs before you are able to make yourself a healthy snack.
  2. On average, 60% of your body weight and 75% of your muscle is made up of water.  Your body needs water to function, plain and simple.  Think of a droopy plant.  Give it some water and it perks up almost immediately.  The human body is no different!
  3. Water provides lubrication to your joints.  This lubrication can work to prevent injuries during tough workouts.
  4. You lose about 1 liter (32 ounces) of water from breathing, sweating, and going to the bathroom.  I don’t know about you but  my everyday life requires me to do a lot more than breath, sweat and pee during the day !  You need to drink water to replace the fluid you lose, ESPECIALLY when you plan to work out.
  5. Minor dehydration can reduce your motivation and ability to exercise and make you feel just plain lousy.  The same exercise will feel harder than if you were hydrated.

The good news is that you don’t have to walk around with an IV in order to stay at a healthy hydration level.  20% of our hydration comes from the food we eat.  The more regularly we eat, the more efficient our body works with us to stay hydrated.  And get this!  I was once thought, and you may have heard, that drinking caffeine (ie, the love of my life – coffee!) dehydrates you.  Get ready to give me a virtual hug folks, this is not, I repeat, NOT true!  If you are a regular coffee drinker, as I happen to be, drinking 8oz of coffee is equal to drinking 8oz of H2O!  Same goes for tea but NOT for sugary sodas (those aren’t good for anything!).  If you are not a regular consumer of caffeine, then that 8oz of coffee will equal about 4oz of water.  Not too shabby!

So bottoms up folks!

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