Water - It's All The Rage
Do you find yourself hungry minutes after you just ate? Are you left feeling bloated? Is your skin looking dull? Do you feel sluggish and unenergized? It may come as a surprise, but the cure could be as simple as drinking more WATER.
In general, when asked how much water people consume daily it is severely lower than what is "required" to keep your body hydrated. The suggested amount of water you should drink depends on your height, weight, and activity level, but the recommended amount is at least eight, eight ounce glasses a day.
It's no secret that water is crucial for maintaining a healthy and well nourished body, but water can also curb those mid day cravings. You might be wondering, "How the heck is water going to satisfy my astronomically large snack habit?" I've been there, and trust me, it works.
Our bodies are approximately 60% water and when deprived of H2O, our body naturally searches for nutrients elsewhere...food. Drinking a sufficient amount of water signals your brain to feel full and satiated by hydrating your body and boosting your internal energy.
Water is not only beneficial in keeping you full and hydrated, it can also cure aliments such as headaches, drowsiness, mood, and body aches. When you are dehydrated your blood volume drops. Once this happens, the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain lowers and causes your brain to swell, ultimately resulting in raging headaches.
Dehydration not only causes physical pains, but also rapidly ages your skin. In order for your skin to stay hydrated and moisturized you have to start from the inside...what does that mean? You guessed it, water!
Water can sometimes feel boring and mundane, but do not fear, there are many healthy ways to spruce up your lackluster of water.
1. Add fruit. I love cucumber, lemon, and jalapeño for an extra kick! Berries are always a great option, too.
2. Mio fit. Or any flavored water additive that provides an added energy boost.
3. Emergen-c. Get your vitamins and stay healthy with cold and flu season!
4. Mint leaves. Need I say more?
A quick tip? Always make sure that you are carrying a water bottle...at all times. This will help increase your water intake and help decrease hunger cravings.
Many people experience daily issues such as drowsiness, lethargy, and inattentiveness. All of these symptoms can often be fixed by increasing water intake. Try drinking two large glasses of water first thing in the morning, and keep that water bottle on hand throughout the day to ensure you meet your hydration goals!