What if we told you that the best way to lose weight, clear up skin, and release toxins is by taking advantage of something completely free?  It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?  We’re talking about water. 

Here are the top four reasons why drinking enough water matters:

  1. Beat dehydration:  Water makes up over half of our body weight, and we all lose water every time we use the bathroom, sweat and even when we breathe.  Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly, and if your body isn’t getting enough water, you’re going to feel fatigued.  Period.  

  2. Kick the cravings:  Sometimes our brain confuses hunger with thirst, so the next time you have an urge to indulge in snacks, challenge yourself to drink a glass of water instead.  Within minutes your brain will be less likely to crave those sweets after it got what it really needed.  Drinking a glass of water before eating a meal will also help you feel full faster to avoid overeating! 

  3. Save money & decrease calorie intake:  Substituting water for sodas, juices, alcoholic beverages and other sugary drinks will not only save you money, but it’ll also minimize the excess calories, artificial chemicals, and sugars you consume.  The fact is choosing water instead of Coke saves your body from 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar, and adds a few dollars to your wallet.  While these savings may seem small at first, sticking with this lifestyle change (especially while dining in restaurants) can save you thousands of dollars each year. 

  4. Weight loss:  Studies have shown that weight loss is positively correlated with water intake.  Drinking the right amount of water not only helps our bodies flush out toxins, but also speeds up our metabolic rate.  This is the process where our bodies converts food into fuel, and if your metabolic rate is slow, your body will store nutrients digested in food as fat tissues instead of muscle.  Therefore, 

The goal is to drink 60-80 ounces of water a day unless otherwise recommended by your doctor. If you are not at that 60-80 ounce goal, we suggest building up slowly to prevent flushing out your electrolytes. A great way to do this is by adding an extra half cup of water each day until you are at your goal.

Pro tip: If you’re not a huge fan of water because of its plain taste, you can easily enhance the flavor naturally.  Try adding organic herbs such as basil or mint with cucumber slices, lemons or limes, and berries help it taste better too!  These can be made fresh or in advance - the flavor will taste strongest if you let it sit in the fridge overnight, but aim to drink it within 24-36 hours.

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