How Much Water Should You Drink A Day – This Can Help Lose Weight
I think when it comes to staying hydrated and monitoring the proper amount of water you should be drinking throughout the day most of us are not consistent. I’m not saying everyone but I think if we could measure the average amount of water you have been drinking daily over the years you would be surprised.
This was something I never realized until I started to fill up a jug of water in the morning with the amount measured I needed to drink that day.
You have probably been dehydrated many times and not even realize that’s the cause of how you are feeling.
The big question is How Much Water Should You Drink A Day but there are also very important reasons why you should be drinking these amounts.
The human body is up to 60% water with the Brain and the Heart being 73%. Even higher are the lungs at 83%, so you can see how important water is.
For whatever reason you don’t drink water that often I hope I can change your mind after you finish reading.
There really is no excuse if you value your health!!!
You can try the, “It just doesn’t taste that great” excuse like someone told me last week. Throw a lemon in there or some fresh fruit to make it taste less boring.
You could even take that to another level and fill up a big pitcher with fruits and herbs and leave them overnight. If you have been to a spa before you may have seen some water with cucumber slices.
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THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
Like the title of this article says, losing weight! Water can definitely help you lose weight. One of the main reasons is because your appetite will be reduced.
Water is an appetite suppressant meaning it reduces your appetite. If you drink water before meals it can make you feel fuller which can make you eat less food when it’s time to eat.
Scientist believe drinking almost 20oz of water before you eat is enough to stretch the stomach which will tell your brain that you are full.
Your metabolism can be boosted by drinking water and there are studies to prove this. One study in 2003 showed that drinking .5 liters of water increases your metabolism by around 20% on average for the next hour once you drink it.
Drinking water cold is actually better because more energy in your body is used to bring the cold water up to body temperature. When your body is working harder to warm the water up it’s burning more calories.
This is great and you are probably thankful I didn’t say warm water is better because drinking cold water is so much more refreshing!
One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is headaches. Water is very beneficial if you want to keep yourself from getting headaches.
Here is a great example, if you are someone who drinks alcohol I’m sure you have had the occasional hangover headache more than once.
Alcohol is a natural diuretic which means it stimulates the body to excrete vitamins, minerals and salt through the kidneys which can make you dehydrated.
A good rule of thumb to stick by is to have a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have to prevent feeling awful the next morning.
Water can help you from getting cramps while working out. There is a reason professional athletes are always drinking water or Gatorade.
If you see a basketball player come out of the game with a cramp they are usually told to drink water and hydrate. Another great benefit is to prevent you from getting sprains.
Water is a natural lubricant for your muscles and joints and you are less likely to get ankle sprains and become more flexible.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU BE DRINKING
This is pretty controversial because you will read many different opinions on how much.
The golden rule I always heard growing up was 8 eight-ounce glasses.
To give you a better visual this is equal to a half gallon. So just picture a gallon of milk and half of that being full with just water. All this can vary because of your height/weight and also the level of activity you are doing.
I personally stick to the 8×8 rule and fill up a half gallon jug in the morning. You can write with marker on the side a time you should have a certain amount gone to hold you accountable.
If you are still not sure if you are drinking enough water there is a way to tell. Once you are done going to the bathroom if your urine is clear that is a sign you are not dehydrated.
If your urine is very dark this is most likely a sigh you need to drink more water. There are signs you can look for that can mean you are dehydrated on the other hand. Other than the obvious one feeling thirsty another one is feeling dizzy.
I used to always feel very dizzy and light-headed during my workouts back in the day. Someone at my gym asked me if I was drinking enough water which I clearly wasn’t because from that day on I drank more and didn’t get dizzy.
WHAT DOES PH LEVEL MEAN AND WHAT IS THE BEST PH
PH stands for Potential of Hydrogen and is a measure of acidity and alkalinity in water-soluble substances. The PH is based on a number scale from 1-14 and 7 being the neutral or middle point.
The lower the number the more acidic it is and the higher the number the most alkaline. This basically means that your water is hard or soft.
The next time you go to the grocery store look at some waters and some will have a number on the bottle. You should be looking for a number between 6.5-8.5 according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This is what public waters should keep it maintained at as well.
One way to tell without testing you water is by taste. High PH water taste a little like baking soda while low PH water can taste a little bitter or a metallic type taste. So should you buy these waters that are a higher Alkaline water and advertised to have much better health benefits? There really is no evidence that water marketed as high Alkaline is better for you than tap water.
Most likely you will see some marketing to try and influence you like it did to me back in the day but there isn’t enough evidence. These companies also have been found to advertise a higher Alkaline number on the packaging but when tests were done the numbers didn’t match up.
I remember watching a few Tests done in labs and some were way off. So for these reasons I just stick to a good filtered water and don’t worry too much about a higher Alkaline water.
FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN WATER
Another option to get your daily amount of water is through food sources as well. You would be surprised but some are very high in water content and almost all water.
Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, and Strawberries for example are around 90% water. The highest of all the fruits is Cucumber coming in at around 96% water.
You can also get hydrated through some healthy Vegetable options like Lettuce, Celery and Green Peppers which are all above 90%.
Someone asked me a few months ago if it was possible to have too much water or overdose. Believe it or not you can have too much water and die but this is extremely uncommon.
This is known as water poisoning or intoxication and you are drinking more water than your kidneys can get rid of in your urine. You are really only at danger if you are drinking large amounts of water in short periods of time.
For example the half gallon of water over a standard day vs that half gallon of water in a few hours. Only in the few hours would there be any risk of danger.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON H2O
There you have it, one of the most overlooked things to living a healthy lifestyle. Water is so important you can only go 3 to 4 days without it unlike food which you can go about 3 weeks without.
The first thing you should be doing once you wake up is having a full glass of water. Think about it, your body just slept for 7-8 hours or so and not a drop of water.
Keep things simple, when you feel thirsty drink and when you’re not thirty anymore then stop. Try experimenting and see what works best for you.
I hope this has helped you realize the importance of water if you haven’t already. Please leave me a comment below if you have any questions.
“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”