Drink Up!

Yes, you read right, drink up! No, not a Piña Colada or an extra-sweet, extra-large mocha cappuccino; drink water! Proper hydration has to be one of the most overlooked factors in a healthy lifestyle. I know we’ve all heard it, drink eight glasses of water a day, but how many of us actually do it? I’ll be honest, this is one thing I really need to work on. I am very inconsistent. Some days I can’t get enough water, other days my cup just sits on my desk, full to the brim.

I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal if you don’t get your eight glasses in every day, but it is a big deal. According to Dr. Sam J. Romeo, CEO of Romeo Medical Clinic, Inc., “Drinking the right amount of water daily can lead to better decision-making skills and concentration, elevated moods and improved coordination.” Yet half of us are at least moderately dehydrated on a daily basis. Pretty scary, huh?

Another crazy fact about hydration is that it can play a huge factor in weight loss and healthy diets. If you’re dehydrated, chances are when you go for a snack, you aren’t really hungry; you’re actually thirsty. However, we like hearing the message that we’re hungry rather than thirsty, so we act on that cue more often. Next time you feel the urge to grab a snack, drink a glass of water first. My bet is when you’re done with the water, you won’t feel hungry anymore and you’ll pass on the snack.

So what if water just sounds too terribly boring for you to get 64 ounces down every day?

Here are some suggestions:

–  Add cucumber and lemon slices to your water—not only is it refreshing, it’s great for your skin and is detoxifying.

– Add a tea bag, but do not add sugar or honey, just drink it hot or iced. I recommend Celestial Seasonings tea in Cinnamon Apple Spice or Country Peach Passion, they are perfect iced and don’t need any sweetener.

–  Make it a game: you don’t get to eat until you’ve downed a glass.

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