Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Drink Water ... and a lot of it.
Many of us, each day, are functioning on a mildly dehydrated level. This inadequacy of fluid can cause overeating, eating foods that are high in sugar (to wake us up), blood sugar fluctuations, lightheadedness, and most of all, fatigue (the #1 reason for daytime sleepiness is mild dehydration.)
Additionally, water acts to aid in appetite as we often mistake hunger pains for general thirst. Adequate water intake helps to keep overeating and binging at bay. Water acts as an internal bath, helping to remove waste and toxins our body does not need! Added bonus - your skin will love love love it!
How much do you need?
You've probably heard the standard "64 ounces" rule. This is general figure. I like to use this one:
DRINK HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES
A 100 lb person would drink 50 oz of water. A 200 lb person would drink 100 oz of water, etc.
And remember to try to drink it from glass and not plastic water bottles.
**Note - if drinking adequate water is new for you, you may find that you notice a "bloating" feeling for a week or so. Not to worry - this will dissipate as your body adjusts to the increase of fluid......keep on drinkin' !