Why drink more water?
Our bodies are made up of 60% water (almost as much as bananas). Drinking water means the water that we use through digestion, circulation, transportation of nutrients and saliva is replaced. Also it helps flush out toxins and waste products which the kidneys have filtered out from the blood and urine. Your urine should be light in colour and odour free if you are getting enough fluids.
Water also helps maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes. This means the muscles can perform at there full potential. That is why you should stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.
The skin contains plenty of water. This is why if you are dehydrated your skin could look more dry and wrinkled, this can be improved with proper hydration.
Can water help me lose weight?
Water can help you lose weight but it is not a magic miracle cure that makes the fat fall off your waist. It is an easy change to replace higher calorie beverages with water. Water has zero calories. So choosing a drink with zero calories over any other drink will always help. Also water can help you feel fuller. Drinking water before a meal can help you supress you're appetite so you do not overeat.
Also foods with high water content are usually more filling, contain vitamins and minerals, look larger, are absorbed more slowly into the body and contain less calories. Foods that contain lots of water include fruit, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal and beans.
How much water should I drink?
The average person should drink 2 litres of water a day, plus more if you have been exercising. You don't have to just drink water though. You can increase you water intake by drinking:
- Fizzy Drinks
Although choosing water could be a better option since it has zero calories.
Alcohol is the only liquid that dehydrates you. So if you go out on the sesh, try and have one glass of water per alcoholic drink.
An easy way to measure your water intake would be to have a 500ml bottle (the size of most water bottles/ reused fizzy pop bottles) and put 4 elastic bands on it. Every time you finish the bottle, take a band off. Once you've taken all 4 bands off you have had your daily 2 litres of water.