Health Benefits of Drinking Water (Part 1)

a gallon of water a dayThere are significant health benefits to drinking water, especially if you’re also cutting down on sugary drinks.

About 70% of our body mass is made up of water, and doctors recommend drinking eight glasses of water a day for good health.

Here are some of the many benefits of drinking water, and ways to be sure you’re getting enough.

Balances body fluids

Since your body is 60% water, it’s no surprise that your daily intake of this fluid helps your bodily fluids to control absorption, circulation, digestion and maintenance of body temperature. When your body gets low on fluids, your brain triggers the thirst mechanism that’s your clue to drink water or other fluids.

Controls calorie intake

Drinking water can suppress your appetite, limiting your food intake. Plus, substituting plain water for other, more calorie-filled liquids can definitely aid your weight-loss plan.

Sodas can contain hundreds of empty calories and very little nutrition, so cutting back or eliminating them and drinking more water can result in faster weight loss. Drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can help you feel full and eat less.

Another tip for quicker weight loss is to add water-rich foods to your diet. Consuming more fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, beans and broth-based soups will give you a feeling of fullness because they’re absorbed more slowly by the body than calorie-dense foods. Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat by improving liver function.

Increases cognitive function

Your brain needs a steady supply of oxygen for optimal functioning, and drinking enough water helps your brain get all the oxygen it needs. Studies show that drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can result in a 30% increase in levels of cognitive performance. Drinking enough water also supports nerve function by keeping your electrolyte levels high. This is especially important for the nerves that transmit messages to and from your brain.

Energizes muscles

If there’s one time when you must drink enough water, it’s when you’re exercising, because muscle cells require an adequate supply of fluids for optimal performance. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking about 17 ounces of fluid two hours before exercising, then drinking more at intervals to replace the amount lost by sweating. Muscle cells that don’t get the proper balance of fluids and electrolytes will shrivel, resulting in muscle fatigue. Drinking enough water will help your muscles work longer and harder before getting tired, so you build muscle faster.

Lubricates joints

If you suffer from joint pain, it’s even more crucial that you get enough water. Joints need moisture to stay flexible and strong. Drinking more water can ensure that your movements are smooth and free of pain.

Improves skin

Skin must be properly hydrated to look its best, and dehydration can result in dry, cracked, wrinkled skin. In addition to drinking enough water to hydrate skin from the inside out, lock in moisture with a good moisturizer. Adequate water intake may also combat skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

If you don’t drink enough water, your body can start to retain fluids, leading to bloating and puffy skin. Avoid alcohol and drinks containing caffeine, because these can actually dry your skin by causing dehydration.

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Overcoming ChallengesThe purpose of this article is to share with you the 6 biggest challenges we face today and solutions to overcome them so you can find peace, health, harmony, and happiness in your life. Here we go:

“No Time”– People will often say “I have no time to get anything done. Between work, family obligations, kid duties and everything else I try to balance out, I just have no time to do anything I enjoy”. My comment is that it all comes down to TIME MANAGEMENT. Yes, we do often have too many things on our plate and we are trying to juggle too much.

Enough Money”—I hear this quite often and there are many ways to overcome this. First off, stop saying I do not have enough money. By simply saying it, it puts a negative in your head. Although it may be reality that you do not have enough money right now, you must think differently. Remember, your thoughts ultimately are your actions and we need to think of strategies and solutions to generate more financial freedom in your life. John Wooden says that the cornerstone of success is hard-work and persistence. It is best to develop a plan and strategy to create more income.

“My physical health needs to improve”—We all know that we need to exercise more, eat better, and sleep better. The key is how to do this with the time demands on our schedule. My solutions to this include:

Hire a trainer. If you don’t have one, get one. Trainers can help you with motivation, accountability, and game-planning. Even if you use a trainer to jump start your transformation, they can play a major role in helping you achieve the results you desire.

My life is out of balance”— While we all crave more harmony in our lives, it is going to take conscious effort to create improved balance. Methods to improve the quality of your life may mean:

  • Simplify: Say “no” to the things you don’t want in your life and “yes” to the things you do want in your life and commit.
  • Honor your time and energy: They are the most precious commodities you have. Protect your time. Ask yourself this question, “How can I best utilize my time right now and stay present in the moment.
  • “I am always thinking about what is next”—So many times we forget about what we did yesterday or accomplished just hours ago. We are always just so focused on tomorrow, next month, next year, etc. Take a moment to relax sometimes and not be so anxious. It is really important to stay present in the “now”. This is called living in the “Zen”. I often say you need to live in the moment and not worry about the future. The reason for this is because that 90% of the things you worry about never happen and the other 10% you cannot do anything about anyway. Stay focused on the things you can control and not on the things you can’t control. Although extremely challenging to do, do your best to stay present in the moment and it will help reduce stress and worry, and will help you relax and feel more in control of your life. Be “aware” of this and it will help you stay present in the moment.

“I am stuck in a rut”—If you feel like you are stuck in life and cannot get out of the hole you are in, there are several ways to get out:

  • Serve others. Push people “up”: While closely related to serving, continue to make a difference in other people’s lives. The higher we help others go, the higher we go.
  • “Always Do Your Best’’: As long as you are aware of strategies for success, willing to create and implement a game plan for personal growth, and you always do your best, I believe it is then that we fulfil our full potential and discover happiness. Best of luck to you in overcoming any of your challenges and discovering happiness in your journey.

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