|Did you know that water plays a vital role in supporting healthy weight loss? Unlike fat, our bodies can’t store water, so it’s necessary to replenish yourself continuously throughout the day. Additionally, staying hydrated speeds up metabolism, facilitates the removal of toxins from your body and can help prevent overeating.
As we approach the warmer months, ensure you practice the habit of healthy hydration with these tips:
- Monitor your water intake. Certain health conditions and lifestyles can determine how much water you need, so consult with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate amount for you. As a baseline, we recommend drinking 64 ounces* of water per day.
- Keep a water bottle close. The easiest way to remember to drink more water is to always keep a water bottle handy, in your car, at your desk, or when practicing the habit of healthy motion. Your water bottle is a visual queue to hydrate, and you are more likely to refill your bottle when it is empty. Need a new water bottle? Visit OPTAVIAGear.com for a selection of different sizes and designs!
- Drink water with every meal. Drinking water with your meals not only helps you stay hydrated but can also help improve your body’s digestion. If you are hydrated, your body will produce sufficient saliva, which helps break down food into nutrients that your body can easily absorb.
- Get water from veggies. Your food choices significantly contribute to hydration and account for roughly 20 percent of your daily fluid intake. Next time you hit the grocery store try iceberg lettuce, celery, or cucumbers – these options are high in water content. For perspective, the water composition of a cucumber is 96%, making it a great option to include in your Lean & Green Meals.
Proper hydration is as critical as healthy nutrition when working towards your health goals. Connect with me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, to discuss other creative ways to stay hydrated.