Our bodies consist of around 60% water. Water, an super drink. It is vital for our heart, brain, lungs, muscles and skin.
Water is an internal temperature controller and helps our body absorb nutrients, flush out excess waste and toxins, it ensures the lubrication of our joints and much more.Drinking more water also helps to curb the desire for water and support healthy weight loss.
A general rule is that you should drink 2 liters of water per day for optimum health. Bottled water, tap water or filtered water. There is not a lot of science behind this rule, but 100% hydration is certainly very important.If you only lose 2% body fluid, this causes a huge decline in your physical performance. This is not surprising since your muscles consist of 80% water. So when you exercise a lot, drinking enough water is even more important.
Did you know that drinking water has a huge influence on your brain function and energy level? If you do your normal daily activities but do not drink, you lose approximately between 1 and 3% of your body fluids. For a person of 65 kilos for example, this is between 0.45 kilos and 1.95 kilos. If this is not properly supplemented, you will suffer from poor concentration, often headache, poor working memory and it causes anxiety and fatigue. By the way, this is another trigger for emotion-eating!
So drink plenty of water. Drinking more water can also help you lose weight. Studies show that drinking half a liter of water will increase your digestion by 24-30% for 1.5 hours. I myself drink a minimum of 2 liters of water per day and when I exercise around 3 liters. Drinking water helps with losing some weight.
1. Drink 2 glasses of water after you get up.Place a glass of water next to your toothbrush and drink your water immediately after waking up. Not only will this hydrate you before you drink your delicious morning coffee, but it will also wake up your digestive system and support your organs. You don't have to drink all your water super fast, just start drinking it while you prepare for your day. You will probably feel more alert soon!
2. Store a water jug with water in the refrigeratorCold water drinking. If you like chilled water, make sure you always have a full jug of water in the fridge. Fill it twice a day if needed, so you always have chilled water on hand when you want.
3. Season your water to taste with fruit and herbsAnother way to make drinking water a pleasant habit is to use fruit and herbs creatively. You can add slices of grapefruit, orange, strawberry, cucumber, mint, basil, lemon and lime. Keep it in the fridge. You can top up your fruit and herb water jug at least 2 times before you have to add new ingredients. You do not need much, a few leaves or slices are enough.
4. Fill a water bottle that you like to drink fromIf you have a water bottle that you like to drink from, you are more likely to build a habit. It may sound strange, but think about it. How often do you wear those pants that are not comfortable or that itchy sweater? We tend to stick to things that bring us pleasure and create more pleasure. So when it comes to building a new habit, it is just as important to ensure that your lifestyle tools (in this case a water bottle) are suitable for your enjoyment.
5. Set a timer on your phone or download an appYou can set a timer on your phone for every 2 hours with a note 'Drinking water!' or download a water app that reminds you. You don't have to treat drinking water as a task, but it can be very useful to set a reminder in the beginning. The best way to build a new habit is through consistency. It may also be that as you drink more water, you adjust it to your own thirst. Ultimately, you can simply steer the process through your thirst.
6. Make sure your water tastes good!Drinking good-tasting water from a water cooler with filtration makes the difference, and believe it or not, all the water is NOT the same. If you can't afford an expensive filtration system, you can find a simple water filter on Amazon, for example, or buy genuine spring water in the supermarket.
7. Eat more water-rich fruits and vegetablesYou can hydrate by eating water-rich fruits and vegetables. Fruits such as watermelon, grapes, strawberries and vegetables such as cucumber, celery and lettuce are all high in water. Clean eating is naturally hydrating and nourishing in nature. Make sure you eat fruit in moderation, since it contains a lot of sugars.