Don’t Mistake Thirst for Hunger

Glass-of-WaterAre you hungry? Or just thirsty? Proper hydration is one of the keys to staying fit and healthy. If you can avoid dehydration, you can avoid over eating. Your body needs water. When you drink enough water your appetite goes down. Good hydration makes everything work better, including your brain.

Ever wonder why you might get a headache? Ask yourself if you’ve had enough water that day. It could be due to the lack of oxygen to your brain. Also failing to drink plenty of water can shrink the grey matter, making it difficult to think. Just 8 – 10 cups water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!

Want to be stronger? Water carries oxygen to the cells of your body including those of you muscles. Drinking sufficient water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, therefore building muscle.

If you want to detoxify your body, then drink, drink, drink. Insufficient hydration causes your liver to help the kidneys detoxify. With sufficient water, your kidneys won’t need the extra help. The liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. This will help you lose weight.

Keep your youthful skin. Water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin is the result of poor hydration. Try all the lotions and creams you want, they do not get to the root of the problem. Your skin needs water.

So, the next time you feel hungry, disconnected, tired or have a headache, think about water. Are you drinking enough?

Here are some tips:

1. Try drinking at least 1 cup before each meal.

2. Drink water every time before leaving the house.

3. Always have water with you when you’re on the go.

4. Be sure to drink water before and after any type of exercise.

5. Add some flavor. A sliced cucumber or lemon or orange in a pitcher of water can be a nice change of taste.

Enjoy a glass now!

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