So, what’s the secret to good health and aging gracefully? It’s not rocket science, in fact, the answer has probably been right under your nose this whole time! The answer? Good old H2O – that’s right, drinking more water is the key to improving your health, increasing your metabolism and keeping your skin looking fabulous for longer. How much water you drink plays a huge role in your health yet most of us forget to stay hydrated on a daily basis. Leaders in home water filtration, BRITA surveyed South African women, who considered themselves health-conscious, aged between 25 and 55 and found that while 97% of the women polled acknowledged the importance of drinking water every day, only 43% indicated they consumed between five to eight glasses of water daily! We challenge you to drink more water starting today and if you’re still not convinced here are 5 awesome ways that hydrating can help improve your health!
Before we get started, let’s look at how much water we should be drinking each day. While a lot of us think that 8 glasses of water is the standard daily quota to aim for, this is not a one-size-fits-all rule and according to nutritionist and wellness coach, Lisa Raleigh, we should consume a minimum of 250ml or one glass for every 10 kilos of your body weight. I’ve just started challenging myself to drink more water every day and have been using this fabulous BRITA Marella cool blue jug to help me reach my goals of 6 glasses a day. I love this jug because it filters water inside the jug before you pour and makes the water taste so much crisper and cleaner. While South Africa is lucky to have safe drinking tap water in most areas, a water filter jug like this one is still a great investment. The date counter on the jug lets me know when my filter needs to be changed and I always have cool, delicios tasting water on hand. It also fits snuggly in my fridge door and doesn’t take up too much precious space in my fridge. Now back to those five reason why water is so great!
1. It powers your workout
If you’re dehydrated, both your workouts, and your health, will suffer. Staying hydrated before a run or gym session will give you more energy during your workout. Of course, don’t forget that you will also need to replace the fluids you sweat out during your workout session. To figure out how much fluid you lost simply weigh yourself before and after your workout, without drinking anything in between. For every 0.45 kilograms of water weight lost, replace it by drinking about 500mls of water.
2. It increases your metabolism
Water also boosts your calorie burning capabilities when you’re sitting still! While water is calorie-free, just like any food or liquid you consume, your body has to work to process it. Which means, you’re burning calories by simply drinking more water. Research shows that by increasing your water intake by 1.5 liters per day you can increase your daily calorie burn by about 200 calories.
3. It helps curb hunger pangs
It’s not about the idea that water makes you feel full, but rather the fact that drinking water when you’re craving a snack binge will help you pinpoint your hunger level and possibly stop the binge in its tracks. Often we think we’re hungry but we’re actually misinterpreting hunger as thirst – believe it or not, many of the feelings associated with being hungry – such as an empty, gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even light-headedness – also strike when you’re running low on water.
4. It boosts your energy levels
When your energy levels are up, you are able to workout harder, beat cravings, and be more likely to get stuff done at work and at home. Dehydration is often confused for fatigue and water keeps your cells firing, your muscles fed with oxygen, and your brain focused on working towards your health goals. Next time you’re trying to make it through a 3 o’ clock slump reach for a glass of water instead of a cup of coffee or a can of coke for a caffeine or sugar fix.
5. It improves the appearance of your skin
Drinking loads of water kick starts the detoxification process and helps give you a clearer complexion. Women who drink loads of water have a more glowing and hydrated skin and a hydrated skin is a younger looking skin. Skin that is hydrated tends to look more tired and is more prone to signs of aging. Drinking your daily fill of water will help your skin fend off wrinkles and age gracefully over time – it’s pretty much the fountain of youth ladies!
One lucky WomenStuff reader stands the chance to win a BRITA Marella XL jug and a pack of 2 x MAXTRA replacement filters to the value of R800! To enter simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details and the subject line; “BRITA Entry”.
Competition closes on Thursday 2 June at 17:00. One email entry per person please. Competition open to South Africa residents only.