Drinking more water is one of the simplest and inexpensive ways you can improve your health. The most common recommendation is eight, 8-ounce glasses a day. This is a baseline recommendation, and the amount of water you need could vary based on your diet, weight, and activity level.
“Drinking water is vital to your
health but it’s important to make
sure you are drinking safe,
Hydration is key
The key is to keep yourself fully hydrated. The 8×8 rule is a good place to start, but you can also monitor your urine to make sure you are getting enough fluids. The lighter the color, the more hydrated you are. If you notice that your urine is a dark yellow, this is a good indication that you need to increase the amount of water you’re drinking.
So how does drinking water improve your health?
- Less fatigue and increased energy
- Facilitates weight loss
- Flushes the body of toxins
- Improves skin complexion
- Helps prevent constipation
- Boosts the immune system
- Relieves and prevents headaches
- Alleviates cramps
- Improves mood
All of these benefits should have you reaching for a glass of water, but it’s important to make sure you are drinking safe, contaminant-free water. Drinking water should be a simple and economical way to improve your health, so before you run out to stock up on bottled water, don’t be so quick to avoid drinking tap water.
You can quickly and easily test the quality of your tap water and get results in minutes. There are a number of home testing kits that offer an affordable way to quickly test your water for a variety of contaminants. Whether you have city water or well water, you may find that your tap water is the same, or in some cases, better than bottled water.
6 ways to drink more water
- Add flavor with berries, melons, mint, or cucumbers – get creative
- Keep a gallon of water on your desk and sip throughout the workday
- Use an app to track your consumption
- Drink a glass of water before and after each meal
- Next time you have a craving, have a glass of water before giving in
- Drink water with bubbles to change it up
No matter how you do it, drinking more water is an easy way to boost your health. What are you waiting for? Go fill up your glass and enjoy the benefits!
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