One of the best things I’ve done for my health was replacing my soda intake with water. I decided to do this back in March 2016 with the goal to keep it up for one month. It’s now October and I’m still going strong. I didn’t think this simple change would come with so many health benefits. I honestly just chose to do it because I knew soda wasn’t good to be drinking on a daily basis and I really needed to get more water in my system. It was my first step towards a healthier life. Now here I am and I’ve never looked back. It’s crazy to me how much better I feel just from this one simple change. Not only do I feel better, but I look better as well which I hadn’t expected at all. So I want to share with you my top benefits to drinking water every day as well as how you too can increase your water intake.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER:
It’s crazy to see the difference in my skin just from eliminating soda from my diet and drinking water throughout my day. I never even thought of my skin when I chose to make that switch and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much clearer my skin looks nowadays. I have far less breakouts and when I do get that occasional pimple, it’s so much easier to get rid of than it used to be. This alone is a reason for me to continue drinking water over soda.
MORE NATURAL ENERGY.
After just a couple of months of drinking more water, I noticed I felt less off a need to drink coffee. Of course I still have a cup when I feel like it, but at that point I was drinking it for the taste rather than because I needed it to get me through the day. It felt great to wake up in the morning and be able to instantly start my day instead of taking an extra hour or two just to get out of bed. I love feeling more energized.
IT KEEPS YOUR MUSCLES HYDRATED AND ENERGIZED.
Your muscles need to stay hydrated in order to work at their full capacity and prevent muscle fatigue. This is extremely important if you work out a lot or are very active in your everyday life. I found it much easier to get through my workouts and build muscle when I was hydrated. I really did notice a difference when I worked out on days where I wasn’t drinking as much compared to the days where I drank a the recommended amount. I read somewhere that a person should drink about 17 ounces of fluid before working out (about two hours beforehand) in order to prep your muscles for any physical activity. So it’s important to get in those fluids!
IT CLEARS OUT YOUR SYSTEM.
This one’s pretty basic. Drinking more water helps get rid of waste through sweating and urination which can reduce your chances of getting kidney stones and infections. Not only that, but it keeps all your internal organs working properly and at their full capacity.
IT CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS.
Although it doesn’t actually make you lose weight, choosing water over other high-calorie drinks is a good step in the right direction if you’re trying to lose a few pounds. I didn’t lose weight from switching to water, but I did notice a huge change in my abdomen because I wasn’t as bloated anymore. My stomach flattened out after a couple of days and made it that much easier for me to make it toned.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE:
Sometimes it can be challenging to get in the recommended amount of fluids needed. I remember thinking 64oz of water was a lot and at first, it was tough to even get in half of that. But these five tricks have worked really well for me over the past seven months.
- Carry a water bottle! Mine is a 32oz bottle and I re-fill it constantly throughout the day. Having it on me at all times makes it easier for me to choose water and get in the recommended amount.
- Drink water at meal times rather than soda or alcohol.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. These foods have high water content which can keep you more hydrated throughout the day.
- Change it up. If you’re getting tired of the same old water every day, then add some flavoring! I love adding lemon to my water which has added benefits than drinking straight water. Berries also a great choice to change-up the flavor. You can also go for a carbonated water if you’re craving the carbonation that you’d get from sodas.
- Track it. Like I mentioned above, I have a water bottle that is 32oz. Based on the typical, 8 classes of water a day rule, I only need to fill up my water bottle twice in order to meet the recommended amount. This makes it so much easier for me to track how much I’ve had and how much I still need.
Between tracking my water intake and having my water bottle with me at all times, I tend to drink way more than the recommended amount. It’s a great system that works well for me!
What are your reasons for drinking more water? How do you manage to drink enough fluids throughout the day?