It's almost been beaten into the ground. "Drink 8+ cups of water each day." "Our bodies are 70 percent water." "Hydrate!"
It's true, and the fact is we don't think about it. Myself included. I've got a bright pink Nalgene bottle with me always, and I'm still lucky if I get 32 ounces in me for the day.
If there was one diet plan out there, one "magic secret" to a healthy and well lifestyle, I would venture a guess and say that it's water. Aside from the aforementioned obvious claims, try thinking of hydrating in these ways:
Drinking more water means you're drinking less of everything else. We are creatures of habit, and when we're thirsty, we grab what our body is used to consuming.
My eye-opening experience happened at a Subway about a year ago, when I paid for a bottle of water and had a bottle of Coke opened in front of me before I noticed that the liquid was dark and fizzy instead of clear. When we drink more water, we are automatically reducing the amount of calories we intake, simply because we are not intaking those calories.
In addition, water is generally free. Soda and juice are not. Save money while saving calories and helping your body perform the best it can.
Drinking more water means you're eating less. One of the signs of thirst is hunger. It sounds crazy, but studies have shown that a body, after releasing the "hunger pains," was satisfied after a glass of water.
What the stomach is saying during those twinges is "put something in me," even if the body doesn't necessarily need the food right then. Next time you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and wait for 20 minutes. If you're still hungry, sit down and eat a meal, or have a light snack. The water helps determine the want for food from the need for food.
Drinking more water combats illness. Not only does water help to flush out the toxins from our system, it also works to flush out a virus or bacteria infection. While, especially in the case of an infection, I wouldn't recommend foregoing the doctor's prescribed medication, keep the fluids up. And even when you're not sick, drinking more water helps to prevent a future illness from building up in your system.
So whether you're recovering from a night with friends, a run in the hot summer sun, a bout with the flu, or even just everyday life, keep a water bottle on hand. Your body will thank you for it.
Additional tip: Invest in a reusable water bottle, and drink tap water. City-regulated water is monitored constantly, while bottled water isn't. Also, every refill in a reusable water bottle is one less plastic bottle that's thrown away.