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What’s the Difference Between a Grape and a Raisin? Water!

You wouldn’t think I’d need to come up with ten reasons why you should drink water (your body is over 60% water – wouldn’t that be reason enough?), but having personally been someone who lived off of Diet Pepsi for decades, I know that some people need to be reminded.

I wrote this blog for those of you who aren’t drinking enough water – been there, done that! So, check out these ten reasons to stay hydrated all day long, every day.

Reason #1: Drinking water saves you money. Water is hands-down the best beverage to choose because it has zero calories. Drinking water before meals helps fill the stomach at the cost of zero calories. This will help you feel full and eat less during the meal. Winning!

Reason #2: Water promotes weight loss. Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you think you’re hungry, a big glass of water satisfies the urge to chow down? Very often, thirst is mistaken for hunger, and though you think it’s time for a big, juicy burger, what you really need is a nice, tall glass of ice water.

Reason #3: Water helps you poop. The American Journal of Gastroenterology published a study concluding that water has a bigger impact on your ability to pass waste than the amount of fiber you eat! Now, I’m certainly not saying that fiber isn’t important, but if you want to have good poops, you have to drink plenty of water. That’s enough on that topic because we’re dangerously close to the land of TMI!

Reason #4: Water makes you smarter, happier, and more fun to be around. Studies show that you’ll perform better on tests or other brain activities if your brain is properly hydrated. You’ll also be in a better mood which which increase your fun factor. Bonus!

Reason #5: Drinking water can prevent headaches. Many headaches are actually related to dehydration. Since our brains are about 75% water, they need lots of fluid to properly function. Without water, it’s like your brain is “drying out”, and that can cause painful headaches.

Reason #6: Water speeds up your metabolism. Researchers discovered that drinking 500 ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30% within 10 minutes. They estimated that drinking 1.5 liters of water a day will burn an extra 17,400 calories. This alone will produce an annual weight loss of approximately five pounds. Cheers!

Reason #7: Water helps you focus. A 2012 study found that mild dehydration can lead to inattention. According to Harris Lieberman, PhD, a research psychologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine…“a decrease in your ability to focus is an early warning signal that it’s time to drink up.

Reason #8: Water increases energy. Fatigue is often related to dehydration because your body simply cannot function properly without water. Feel like you’re dragging in the afternoon? Have a big glass of water and see how it perks you up.

Reason #9: Water helps you make better food choices. Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you think you’re hungry, a big glass of water satisfies the urge to chow down? Very often thirst is mistaken for hunger and though you think it’s time for a big juicy burger, what you really need is a nice, tall glass of ice water. 

Reason #10: Winners drink more water than losers. Dehydration causes muscle fatigue. Even slight dehydration will negatively affect your athletic performance and cause loss of coordination. So if you want to increase your chances of winning, drink more water 24 hours before your next race. 

If you need any more convincing after that, you just might be a lost cause! Go forth and drink more water!

 

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