Water is one of the most important elements of life. It’s refreshing, calorie free and essential for feeling good and staying healthy. Being hydrated — having enough water in your body — helps regulate your energy and your body temperature. It helps your organs work properly, removes waste from your system, keeps your appetite in check and helps control your body weight.
When you don’t get enough water, you become dehydrated, which can lead to many negative side effects including flushed, dry skin, light-headedness, dizziness, tiredness, irritability and headache. You may also experience reduced alertness and ability to concentrate.
Choose water over sugary drinks like soda
You may love soda or other sugary beverages, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they can replace water. Sodas in particular often contain caffeine, which dehydrates your body. This goes to show you that sodas can’t compare to water when it comes to keeping you healthy. One study in the United States found that on a daily basis, those who drink water regularly intake 9% fewer calories than those who do not drink water regularly.
Struggling to cut out the sugary drinks? Start by making small, realistic choices and build from there. Replace one sugary drink today with water, and keep challenging yourself to replace more until you’re drinking enough water. Big change begins with one choice!
How much water should you drink?
There is no one answer that fits everyone. Drink enough water to keep your urine a light straw color, which could be anywhere from 10 to 16 cups per day. Unless you’re sweating a lot in hot weather, it is not advisable to drink more than 1 ½ gallons of water a day. It is possible to drink too much water and wash out the body’s sodium, so be sure to always exercise caution!
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