Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Drinking Water

Water is the most important thing you can put into your body. It’s an absolute necessity and you need it to survive. Many people though, aren’t drinking enough to stay healthy.

Generally, you should be drinking Eight 8 oz. cups of water per day. This is the most commonly recommended amount of daily intake according to tons of studies already done.

So why should you drink all this water when you’ve been doing just fine with only a couple cups a day? Well, because while you think you are doing fine, you have no idea how much better you could be doing.

Drinking the recommended amount of water will keep you hydrated and feeling good. You’ll have more energy when you’re hydrated and your body will tell you this when you’re lifting weights.

It’s also a huge benefit to your muscles. Keeping enough water in the body will help your muscles recover much faster. Who doesn’t want to recover faster and see gains sooner? Don’t lose out on bigger gains just because you don’t want a couple more cups of water a day.

If you’re trying to cut, water is also a great way to keep from eating when it’s not necessary. A lot of people think they’re hungry when all they need is some water. Have a drink now and then eat when it’s actually time to eat.

There are also several other benefits such as healthier skin and regulation of body temperature. Are you the only person in the office with sweat stains on your shirt? You probably need water. And talk to anyone who has had kidney stones before. They’ll tell you why you should drink 8 cups of water per day.

The best way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is if your urine is clear. Sometimes your urine may be yellow in the morning which is fine, but every other time you go to the restroom it should be clear.

One of the easiest ways to drink 8 cups of water per day is to drink a cup of water right when you wake up and then 1-2 cups of water with every meal. Also try to keep drinking throughout the day and avoid waiting until you’re thirsty.

A word of caution. Do NOT drink too much water. There is such a thing as water intoxication which can kill you. You may have heard about the radio station that had a water drinking contest and the woman who won went home complaining of a headache and nausea. She was found dead only 5 hours later. Don’t participate in any sort of water drinking contest and try to get your daily allowance of water in an hour.

Crystal Light is a great alternative to plain water too. It’s kind of like Kool-aid only it’s not full of sugar and it only has 5 calories per mix.

So I hope this will help you see the benefits in drinking the water your body needs. Get started right away, your body will thank you.

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