Yes! It is really important to drink water. Water is the best choice for quenching your thirst. It contains zero calories and it’s easy to find. Water provides everything your body needs to rehydrate your system. Everyday you lose water through perspiration, breathing, urine and bowel function. In order for your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by eating foods that contain water and by drinking water or water-based beverages. It is recommended to drink 8 cups of water daily because your body is made up of 60% water.
When my daughter was young, she did not like to drink water. She claimed that she didn’t like the taste of water. She never won that argument because technically, water has no taste. To spice up the taste of water, you can infuse your own flavor. Try adding sliced citrus fruits, such as: lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit; or sliced berries; cucumber; crushed fresh mint.
Personally, I do not love to drink water but I do it because I know it is important to maintain a healthy mind and body. The days that I drink at least 8 glasses of water, I find myself fuller throughout the day. Having a full feeling throughout the day, allows me to stay on the healthy eating track. Beware- if you are thirsty, your body is already on its way to becoming dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. So drink up! Your health depends on it.
What are some of the benefits of drinking water?
1) As I stated above, drinking water helps you to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet. Water cleanses your intestines by flushing out your system. Water suppresses your desire to eat because it makes you feel more full.
2) Drinking water prevents dehydration. Most headaches are caused by dehydration so indirectly, water helps to prevent headaches. (University of Rochester Medical Center study).
3) Water keeps your skin hydrated so that it looks younger and healthier.
4) Drinking water during exercise keeps your energy level up and fuels your muscles. Your muscles are made up of 75% water. According to an article in Men’s Health, a German study found that when you are thirsty, your body is slower to use protein to build muscle.
5) Drinking water keeps your limbs, joints and muscles lubricated which results in less cramps and sprains. (According to a study from the Mayo Clinic).
6) Drinking water flushes out waste products so it lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver. (According to a study from the Mayo Clinic).
Sometimes I sneak in a few cups of my daily water intake by drinking a fruit smoothie. I seem to post more smoothie recipes than anything else because I enjoy drinking them as a meal or as a snack. I know some people don’t like to drink smoothies because they don’t want to “drink” their meals. However, I find these fruity shakes filling and easy to make the night before to drink the following morning.
Basic Fruit Smoothie
1 cup of water + more if necessary
1 cup of ripe fruit (berries/overripe banana/mango/peach/pear)
2 cups of ice
1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
liquid Stevia- to taste (optional)
1/4 cup fruit juice (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. These measurements are flexible. Experiment until you find exactly what works for you. For a sweeter smoothie, make sure all your fruit is ripe. If you use only frozen fruit, you will need less ice or none at all. It will also make the smoothie thicker. Enjoy!