Most women as they get older find it challenging to lose weight because their metabolism slows down and hormones are often out of balance. Let me just back track for a minute. Instead of saying “lose weight” let’s say, “release it”. Because when you lose something you usually want it back but I’m sure we can agree that we don’t want extra weight back once it’s gone.
So how does water come into play?
Well, your body is made up of about 60% water. In order for every system in your body to function the way it’s supposed to, water is required.
Benefits of Drinking Water:
-helps flush out toxins
-delivers nutrients to your cells and provides a a moist environment for body tissues
-has a balancing effect on your diet. Drinking proper amounts leaves you feeling full and decreases cravings.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
You’ve probably heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. That’s a good place to start and easy to remember but the amount of water you drink should really be personalized to your current state of health and body size.
Many holistic practitioners recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you would drink 75 ounces of water a day.
You lose water through sweating, breathing, urination, and bowel movements each day. So it needs to be replaced by drinking adequate fluids and eating foods that contain water.
Of course water depleting drinks like alcohol and soda don’t count.(nice try lol)
Drinking water is essential for weight loss. Did you know that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism down by about 3 percent?
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking 17 ounces of water at one time increased people’s metabolism by an average of 30 percent. That’s a lot! They believe this is due to the body’s attempt to heat the water once it’s ingested.
Isn’t that amazing? Drinking water can increase your metabolism which means more calories burned which means weight “release”…Whoo Hoo! That should be motivation to always have a water bottle in your hand.
I personally like to add lemon or grapefruit essential oils to my water. It gives it a great taste and I get the health benefits of the essential oils
I challenge you to replace sodas and juices or any other sugary drinks with water and see how much better you feel.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?