Exercising regularly, eating right, stretching, and detoxing are all ways to stay healthy. But sometimes the simplest habits can have the biggest impact. Can you guess the simple daily habit that will single-handedly help you keep excess fat away, boost your metabolism, suppress the appetite and prevent dehydration?
How Water Helps the Body
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water is one of the least expensive and most effective habits for a healthy body. Water naturally suppresses the appetite and boosts our metabolisms by allowing the kidneys and liver to function properly. A properly hydrated body gives our muscles the ability to contract naturally making us look more tone without a trip to gym. And, of course, an effective way to avoid dehydration is to make sure you are properly hydrated from the start.
Tips for Avoiding Bloating
But isn’t water the cause of feeling bloated? Absolutely not. Often caused by overeating, excessive salt intake, or eating the wrong foods, feeling bloated is uncomfortable. “Sipping water is the number one thing you can do to feel less bloated”, says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet. As funny as it sounds, the trick to getting rid of this excess water retention is to drink more water. Water is also critical in helping to flush toxins out of the body.
When you are consuming the proper amount of water each day on a regular basis, the body will reach a “breakthrough point.” At this point, the endocrine glands are able to function properly, eliminating excess water retention. The breakthrough point is often identified by the return of a natural thirst. The average store bought bottle of water holds about 16.9 ounces. In order to get your minimum of eight 8 ounces glasses of water per day, consume at least four of these bottles of water each and every day. That’s a full 2 liter soda bottle of pure, filtered water. And of course, refilling your own BPA-free bottle is easier on the environment than cracking open a new bottle each time.
How To Get More Water Into Your Routine
Sometimes drinking our daily minimum of 8 glasses of water each day can get away from us simply because we are too busy. So, below we are sharing 8 tips to help you develop a habit of drinking enough water to keep your body in tip top shape.
Celebrate the start of each new day with a glass of room temperature water. While you’ve been sleeping your liver and other organs have been hard at work cleansing, restoring and rejuvenating your body. Support their night-long work by flushing with a big glass of water upon rising. Other times to drink a full glass of clean water are after drinking your clay water, during your commute or on your way to and from exercise.
Keep a full water bottle stashed near the places you spend most of your time throughout the day. Try places like the kitchen counter, in the laundry room, at the office, or in your purse.
Drink your water from a cup with a straw. The straw will help you take bigger gulps with each sip.
Make drinking a bit more fun by mixing things up. Try freezing bits of lemon, lime or orange to add to your water instead of ice cubes. Or try adding a few slices of cucumber to your water for a refreshing summer drink.
Send yourself a reminder text or set an alarm on your phone. Aim to drink half of your daily water by lunch time. Set reminders at different intervals to check in, “Have you had your water today?”
Drink a full glass of water before and after each meal, plus a full glass before snacking. If you eat 3 meals a day and enjoy a snack, you will reach your 8 glasses goal in no time! Also, look for snacks with high water content such as grapes, watermelon, or starfruit.
Carry a water bottle while out running errands. Drink some each time you find yourself waiting in line, on hold to cross the street, sitting in traffic, or on the subway.
Set up daily triggers. After each trip to the restroom, replenish your system with a glass of water. Make your social media time count. Checking your e-mail, Facebook or Pinterest? Use these daily habits as triggers to remind you to drink another a full glass of water.