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Monday Motivation: 11-5-12

on November 6, 2012

As I told you on Thursday, we started a new Wellness Challenge at work to get through the holidays without adding any extra pounds.  My first tip is about drinking water!  Do you drink enough water every day?

Do you know how important water is for the human body?

We’ve all heard you should drink 8 glasses every day.  This is actually just an average.  If you weigh more, you need more.  And of course, if you exercise, you need to replace the fluids you lost when exercising.

Top 11 Health Benefits of Drinking Water

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You will be amazed of the benefits of drinking water as follow:

    1. Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown.  Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less.  Plus, water has zero calories.
    2. Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration.  Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.
    3. Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated.  Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.
    4. Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.
    5. Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.
    6. Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion.  Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
    7. Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
    8. Less Likely to Get Sick and Feel Healthy: Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack.  Water adds with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. In another words one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system.
    9. Relieves Fatigue:  Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.  If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.
    10. Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.
    11. Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.

Wow!!  After reading that, just tell me you don’t want to rush to the kitchen and chug down a big glass of water!

Furthermore, if you’re drinking soda, here’s a little food for thought:

So if you drink soda, I encourage you to start replacing just one soda a day with water.  You don’t have to quit cold turkey, but imagine the health benefits if you did!

Here’s this week’s challenge:  Take note of how much water you are drinking every day.  Is it enough?  Do you need to increase it?  Need help?  I found a neat product called Hydracoach.  It digitally calculates, monitors and reminds you to drink your water.  How cool is that?!?

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5 responses to “Monday Motivation: 11-5-12

  1. GREAT info! I got from 64 to 120 ounces daily this week, starting that wellness challenge at work that I told you about. I already feel like my skin is starting to look better, AND I’m snacking less — when I “think” I’m hungry, I drink water instead. 🙂

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