Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tip Tuesday!!

Drinking enough water every day is important any time in your life, but did you know that it can help you loose weight?
Hunger pangs and thirst pangs feel quite similar, so it's easy to get the two confused. Many times when we are feeling "snacky," all our body really needs is some water! Try drinking a glass of water every time you feel you need a snack. If, after 10 minutes, you still feel hungry, have a nutritious snack. Then drink another glass of water to make that snack feel even more satisfying!
Some studies suggest that your metabolism is boosted 3%, simply by drinking more water!
Water helps your body function properly and more smoothly. It helps rid your body of toxins and helps your muscles get the oxygen and nutrients they need to be stronger and healthier.
Water helps all systems in your body get more oxygen, thus helping you to feel more energized!
You need to consider a few different things when determining how much water your body needs every day. A general rule to follow is 1 ounce of water for every 2lbs of body weight. Adjust that amount according to how much physical activity you participate in and the temperature of the day.
I drink between 90-120 ounces a day and feel much better now compared to when I used to drink less! :) I use a big, 30 ounce cup with a straw. I keep it filled with ice water on my counter and sip from it all day long.
Benefits of drinking water:
-helps to regulate your appetite
-increase your metabolism
-boost your energy levels
-prevent or alleviate some headaches
-high blood pressure
-reduce cholesterol
-less water retention
-ease joint pain
-less chance of developing kidney stones
-releases toxic waste products
-improves skin

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