Tips for Staying Healthy by Increasing Your Water Intake
We've all heard that we should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but when was the last time you thought about why it's important? Did you know that drinking water improves your overall health and well-being? These are just some of the health-related benefits:
• By maintaining blood volume, water helps maintain your energy
• Proper hydration improves your concentration and reaction time
• Water increases the number of calories you burn during regular daily activities
• Water helps rid your body of excess sodium that can cause fluid retention
• Water increases energy when you exercise
However, between all the demands placed on our time at home and at work, it’s not always easy to remember to drink 8 glasses of water each day. So, if you’re struggling to keep up with your water intake, try these helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
• Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
• Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
• Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
• Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.
You can learn more about meeting your daily fluid needs here by visiting the CDCs website here: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html