By Heather, Jayger’s Mom
What is the one New Year’s resolution that:
- is easy to keep;
- fits seamlessly into your day;
- doesn’t deprive you of anything you love;
- is FREE; and,
- comes with tremendous health benefits?
Drink more water—at least one more 8 oz. glass of water every day. Here are five reasons to give you the motivation you may need to turn this easy (I promise) resolution into a reality:
1. It makes you feel better. It’s absolutely true. Water aids in digestion, circulation, brain functioning, excretion, and the maintenance of your body’s temperature. It also aids in the creation of saliva, and assists the kidneys in cleaning waste from your body through urine.
2. It can help you lose weight. This is a simple trick most models know about: water has no calories and a host of health benefits. When you start substituting water for juices, coffee (with sugar and milk), and alcohol, you’re shaving off calories you don’t even think about every day. And, since water helps you feel fuller and more sated, you’ll have less of a desire to eat other things.
3. It helps your skin look better. While dehydration makes your skin dry and exaggerates folds and wrinkles, well-hydrated skin generally feels softer and looks smoother and better toned.
4. It keeps your body energized. When cells aren’t rejuvenated with proper hydration, they shrivel. This leads to muscle fatigue—resulting in sluggishness and poor performance. Prior to working out (or engaging in considerable physical activity), the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you should drink at least 17 ounces of water two hours before beginning your activity in order to achieve peak performance.
5. It prevents constipation. Drinking more water keeps everything flowing, including waste in your body. When you don’t get enough water, the colon utilizes water from your stool to maintain hydration, which often leads to constipation or more irregular bowel movements, not to mention uncomfortable bloating.
You’ve got options.
The key to a healthier 2016 and a successful resolution is keeping it simple and convenient. The more success you have, the more inspired you will be to up the ante.
The golden rule for an adult of average weight and height is to drink about eight (eight ounce) glasses of water each day. I know this may seem daunting but it really isn’t. Just start by adding one additional glass of water to your daily regimen and see how it goes.
And here’s one more thing that may help: When you want to add a bit of fun and effervescence to your water commitment, drink Tickle Water! With no calories and all natural flavors, you can toast to your resolution, enjoy all the life-affirming benefits of increased hydration, and enjoy a little tickle to boot : )
Cheers to the very best of health and hydration in 2016!