By: Optavia

Are You Getting Enough?

It's summertime in Texas, and it is HOT!!  Along with the season, though, we typically get more active, right?  Kids are out of school.....we need to keep them busy.....and the days are longer, so we feel like doing more activity.  With all this going on, guaranteed, you are going to sweat more!!  So are you replacing the body fluids you are losing?

Studies show that most people are walking around in a moderately dehydrated state.  Since water is a critical component of your body, making up about 60% of your weight, it is important that you replenish it often.  You see, unlike fat, your body cannot store water.  That's why drinking at least eight glasses a day is a healthy habit to establish. And if you are more physically active with exercise, more like 12 cups a day is recommended.

Water also plays a key role in weight loss.  It helps to remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells and helps all your organs and systems function properly. Every function in your body takes place in water.  It is the one thing that moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies, and oxygen through your bloodstream and lymphatic system, and removes waste.  Not to mention enabling your kidneys to filter and eliminate toxins.  Think of it this way......if you are not drinking enough water, your body resorts to recycling dirty water to perform every metabolic function.  Yuck.

Most people don't realize this, but we are constantly losing water.....nearly 12 cups a day......2 cups through perspiration, 6 cups through our urine, 4 cups just through our breathing.....and 1 cup through the soles of our feet!!  And for those living in dry environments, or at high altitudes, even more, is lost faster.

If you are on a weight loss journey, here are a few good reasons to hydrate with at least 64 oz. per day:

* It helps you feel full and satisfied, so it keeps you from overeating.  Often times when you feel hungry, your body is just dehydrated.

* It helps to remove toxins, like pesticides and preservatives, from your cells.

* It eliminates or minimizes fatigue, prevents headaches and brain fog.

* It revs up your metabolism.

* It helps your liver to convert fat to energy.

* It compensates for the loss of glycogen stores as you lose weight.

As far as what source of water is best, plain, filtered water is recommended.  But bottled sparkling waters flavored with lemon or lime work too!  As long as they have no added sugary substances and calories. 

Sometimes people tell me they are just not thirsty, but the reality is that by the time you FEEL thirst, you are already in a state of dehydration.  You will know that you are not drinking enough if you start feeling tired, have trouble thinking clearly, get a headache, or notice that your urine is darker in color.  (It should be almost colorless).

So to sum this all up, pay attention to how much water you are taking in.  And if you are falling short, consider upping your intake gradually......1 cup at a time, to allow your body to adjust.  And soon you will notice that you are CRAVING water!!