There is one thing that is even more crucial than drinking fresh vegetable juice! That is to make sure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day.
Are you wondering how much water to drink per day and how to do it?
Many of my visitors write to me with these questions. In fact, these are two of the most crucial health questions you can ask.
Drinking water can play a role in almost every single function of your body. Blood is 90% water, muscles 75% water and bone around 25% water. So, if you know how much water to drink per day and how to do it, your body will love you for it!
If you taste water only when brushing your teeth, your body may be in big trouble. Did you know that too little water can cause you to feel tired, sluggish and as if your brain is on a go-slow strike?
Did you know that you can even drink water to lose weight? Yes, this is one of the benefits of drinking water.
You may often find that a craving for something to eat is actually a sign of being thirsty! So, try to have a glass of water first. Then wait a while and see if you are still feeling peckish.
Water also fills you up without adding calories - much better than opting for a glass of soda or fruit juice.
How Much Water To Drink A Day
This is just a rough guide. Ask your health practitioner to mold it to your own circumstances, weight, activity level, climate, etc. You don't want to drink too much water. Find a safe balance for your individual needs.
Some studies mention 1/2 oz of water per pound of bodyweight per day. That gives the average person roughly eight to ten 8oz glasses of water per day.
Infants up to two years can more or less do with 3 to 6 cups or small glasses of water per day. Older kids can have around 4 to 8 cups or small glasses of water per day.
How To Drink More Water Per Day
Try making the change gradually over time, by adding an extra glass per day every few days or every week until you are where you need to be. You may very well hate it at first! Be prepared for that. But stick with it and before you know it, it will be as much a habit as brushing your teeth.
Here are some of my own tips from personal experience in our family:
Get a small 'log book'. Write the days of the week across the page, with 1 to 10 numbered down. Make a tick next to each number for every glass of water/fluid you take, in order to keep track of your progress. This is a great motivator! Keep the book on a kitchen counter where you can't miss it. It is a constant reminder of what you need to do.
Remember that fluids like rooibos tea, green tea, fresh veggie juice and pure fruit juices also count for your water intake. That is, anything that doesn't come with caffeine, such as black tea and coffee. Even soups with a broth base can be counted as part of your water intake. Eating fresh fruits and veggies also supply water. Watermelon is mostly water - up to 90% in fact.
A special glass that is constantly in sight in the kitchen can also be a good reminder.
You can also keep a jug filled with water in the kitchen or in the fridge - yet another reminder.
Some folks enjoy using a water bottle. This can also be helpful, as you can take it with you when you go to work or to the gym.
Tired of plain water? Why not add a wedge of lemon, lime or even some cucumber to the water to give it a fresh and different taste?
Try to get into a routine gradually. Perhaps a glass of water when you get up, one before each meal or with your meals, and then add one extra glass between meals - that will get you more or less to your target.
When it comes to the kids, they will love frozen fruit juice cubes.
Don't keep sodas in the house. If it isn't there, you can't drink it. If water is the only option in the fridge, you will have to choose it.
Some studies have even shown that there may be a link between migraines and not drinking enough water. You may find that your headaches are a sign of dehydration.
I hope this has helped you to know how much water to drink a day and how to do it. And I hope that you even discover that you can drink water to lose weight!