Last week I didn’t want to see another drop of water as I water loaded leading up to show day. But today, I am looking at water a little different. Heck, I can’t seem to have enough.
I bought several gallons of water on Sunday when I got home from Charlotte. I am keeping the water flowing at home and at work.
Water is an essential nutrient that makes your body run smoothly and efficiently. As the foundation for all body functions, this zero-calorie drink is a liquid asset, especially for weight loss.
Here are five reasons why you should drink more water:
- It curbs hunger and promotes satiety. The body’s “thirst center” in the brain, the hypothalamus, also regulates appetite. When you’re dehydrated, your body can perceive mixed signals on hunger, causing you to believe that you need to eat when you’re just thirsty. Hungry? Drink water first. Staying hydrated can help you ward off fake hunger signals.
- It powers your workouts. In addition to boosting your metabolism, water helps prevent muscle cramping. During long endurance workouts, drink water with carbohydrates and electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance and prevent post-exercise exhaustion.
- It helps you stay regular. Water keeps your digestive system running smoothly. If you’re following a high-fiber diet, be extra diligent in drinking water. Soluble fiber absorbs water to become a gel like mass that slows down the rate at which food leaves the stomach, and insoluble fiber traps and retains water to add bulk and moisture to your stool, which prevents constipation.
- It helps you save on calories. Liquid calories like juices and sodas don’t fill you up. and their high sugar content can cause insulin spikes that can set you up for a crash. If you want more umph than plain water, try sparkling water, or give it a flavor makeover with berries, cucumbers, mint or lemon.
- It keeps your mind sharp. In addition to being calorie-free, sugar-free and caffeine-free, water helps transport oxygen to the brain to ensure it functions at optimum levels. Even mild dehydration can impact your cognitive performance, tamper with your mood and make you feel fatigued. These effects can lead to mindless stress eating, poor food choices and, ultimately, breaking the calorie bank. Next time you’re feeling spaced out, try drinking some cold water to zap the sluggishness out of you.
What helps you drink more water?