You are What You Drink: H2O
We often hear the saying, "you are what you eat." But what about looking at what we drink? We often focus so much on food that the beverage element of weight loss / healthy living is completely overlooked.
Today, I am serving up knowledge about the importance of H20 to motivate you to drink that glass.
I found that the best tool to develop a healthy lifestyle is to actually learn about nutrition, instead of following a diet where you don't even know why you are or aren't eating certain foods. Once you learn the facts about nutrition, you gain the power to manage a healthy lifestyle, including weight control.
So here we go … H20 is the chemical form of water. It is a clear and tasteless fluid that can exist as a solid, liquid or gas. To get super-scientific for a second, the molecule H20 is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.
Here are the benefits of sipping that water:
- It hydrates your skin, keeping you looking younger.
- It helps you lose weight. Sometimes when we think we are really hungry, we are just thirsty.
- It will put you in a good mood and strengthen your brainpower. Researchers from Tufts University have shown that dehydration has led to anger, depression and confusion.
- Stressed out? Go near a water fountain. The soothing noise of a waterfall or fountain can ease your nerves.
- It is a natural source for adding a little shine in your hair.
- Water will help with transportation of nutrients through your system and balance body temperature.
- It provides a boost for your muscles. Cells that do not maintain their hydration and electrolytes will shrivel, which will cause muscle fatigue. Therefore, water needs to become an integral part in your fitness plan.
- It helps out your kidneys – organs that sift out waste products and are very sophisticated reprocessing machines as they process around 200 quarts of blood per day. Your kidneys will do an amazing job of this as long as you are taking in enough fluids. If you chronically drink too little, you could be at risk of kidney stones. OUCH!
- And last, but certainly not least, proper hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.
So why not drink coffee, soda, caffeinated tea or a light beer and call that hydration? Unfortunately, even though they are liquids and you'd think that this means hydration, they are diuretics. A diuretic is any substance that promotes the production of urine. And what that means is that it increases the excretion of water from our bodies. Caffeine, alcohol and cranberry juice are all diuretics, just to name a few.
So … drink up some H2O and let the benefits soar. And make sure to drink extra water if you exercise daily or live in hot temperatures.