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Water and your health: What you didn’t know about good ol’ H2O

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October 3, 2016

Water and your health: What you didn’t know about good ol’ H2O

There is a strong connection between the consumption of water and your health. Water is an easy, underrated source for staying healthy that has a positive impact on many different aspects of your health, including the following:

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Losing weight

When you think you’re hungry, you might actually be thirsty instead, and a cup of water may make you feel satisfied. Drinking a glass before a meal can also keep you from overeating.

In addition, a study of nearly 10,000 adults showed that staying well hydrated can help with weight management, especially if you’re overweight or obese.

Staying healthy

Staying well hydrated allows your body to flush out toxins and helps your digestive system work properly. It can also help you avoid headaches and make your muscles work more efficiently.

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How much water do you need

If you feel thirsty or your mouth feels dry, these are the most obvious signs that you need more water. In addition, you may also feel tired or less alert than normal. One of the most reliable ways to tell if you need more water is by looking at the color of your urine. The more diluted and light-colored it is, the better. If it’s dark yellow, you definitely need to drink some water.

Experts recommend that men drink about 13 cups a day and women drink about nine cups a day. Other fluids can help count toward this total, but these often include artificial sweeteners or caffeine.

Easy ways to increase your water intake

Water is a great way to hydrate because it has no calories, no sugar, and no sugar substitutes. Like anything else, you’ll have a greater chance of success if you set a goal for each day. The following tips will also help make sure you’re staying sufficiently hydrated.

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1. Add fruit to your water

Add slices of cucumber, lemon, strawberry or another fruit to your water to give it a flavor boost.

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2. Try sparkling water

If you like the fizz that soda provides, substitute sparkling water for your regular carbonated drinks.

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3. Invest in a water bottle and keep it close by

Water bottles are available in a variety of options, including ones that have filters and ones that come with a compartment to infuse your water with fruit. Buy one you like the look and function of and keep it close by throughout the day.

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4. Drink water at specific times

Make sure you remember to drink water by doing it at specific times. Drinking before a meal can help you eat less, and you can also replenish your fluids by drinking water after you use the bathroom or after you brush your teeth.

Girl looking at phone app meant to help monitor water and your health

5. Use an app

It’s easy to lose track of how much water you’ve had throughout the day, so why not use an app to help you keep track? Many are available, like BMI of Texas and Daily Water, which not only tracks your intake but also lets you schedule reminders.

For more information about water and your health, contact BMI of Texas.

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