Every single morning, my alarm goes off, I snooze a couple times, slowly crawl out of bed to the bathroom, then make my way to the kitchen. Fill a cup full of water, chug it, then go back to bed. Kidding! I do chug the glass, then I just stand there for a second, breathing and allowing my eyes to finally open, then on with my day I go.
Starting my day with that cup of water wakes my entire body up, through and through. Some even say that a glass of water right when you wake up has the same effect on your body as coffee would. I’m not sure if that’s scientifically true, but it works. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup of Joe from time to time but water honestly helps get me awake. Since I do it every single morning it’s a huge part of my routine, so the longer I prolong that glass of water when I first get up, the longer it takes my brain and the rest of my body to turn on. Which isn’t good for anyone, especially when I’m already grumpy from the whole getting out of bed process.
Water benefits your body in ways that most people probably never think of. For starters, it increases energy. Allowing your body to be fully hydrated keeps it from becoming fatigued which will cause distractions and even worse, headaches. I’m one of the unlucky ones that are very prone to headaches, I’ve never done research as to why I get them all the time, I just assume it’s from being so busy and not getting as much sleep as I need, but that’s a whole other can of worms I don’t want to get into right now. By drinking a gallon of water a day it helps with those headaches, I don’t even want to think about the amount of pain I would be in if I wasn’t an avid water drinker.
Water is also crucial to your natural body functions. Natural toxins are constantly building up in your body and fluids transport those waste products in and out of your cells, flushing everything from your body. With that said, water also helps with constipation. If you feel bloated or constipated on a regular basis you’re probably not drinking enough water because without fluids the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration, which causes that uncomfortable feeling in your gut. When you do make a trip to the bathroom take note of the color of your urine; if it is a darker yellow or has a strong odor it means your kidneys have trapped extra fluid for bodily functions, aka you’re not drinking enough water. The lighter the yellow the better.
When it comes to your skin, water can be more beneficial then buying all those expensive acne, dryness or wrinkle creams. Water keeps your skin hydrated causing a natural glow and a natural way to, in a sense, clean your skin from the inside. I don’t want to brag or sound conceded but I am extremely lucky in the fact that I have good skin, I rarely breakout and I even more rarely ware makeup. Yes, skin has a lot to do with genetics but I think your water consumption in your day to day life can help the overall health of your skin. Due to my busy schedule, I’m constantly tired, which causes those raccoon eyes that everyone loves. Drinking a healthy amount of water helps with those dark circles every single day, especially since I don’t own or wear (honestly I wouldn’t even know what to buy) face makeup, this hydration process is crucial to making sure I don't look like a soon-to-be zombie. Side note, proper hydration can reduce the number of wrinkles you have later in life… just saying.
I don’t usually like to promote ways to necessarily lose weight but I think it’s important for everyone to realize that water plays an huge roll in the wight loss process. Like I mentioned before it is a big part in your normal body functions which affect your weight. Water also increases the rate at which body burns fat and promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells, boosting your overall metabolism. Water can also act as a filler. Sometimes when I’m at work or at home and I’m somewhat bored, I think I’m hungry. When faced with this, instead of stuffing my face I chug a tall glass of water then I wait. My hunger usually subsides, most of the time I was just bored and telling myself I was hungry, but if I am hungry, that hunger comes back and then I realize my body is telling me it needs more energy so I fuel it with something delicious. This filler can also benefit you if you drink some before a big meal and throughout the meal. It fills you up so you don’t end up overeating and getting that uncomfortably full feeling post-meal.
Exercise is key to any healthy life. But without proper hydration, exercise can end up harming your body more than benefiting. No matter what intensity level you are working out, you are sweating (at least you should be or I wouldn’t even call it a workout, honestly) which is releasing water that’s already in your body, so you need to replace that lost water with more water as quickly and as often as possible. Skipping water is a big deal, it can cause dehydration before you know it which affects your performance all together. The amount of water your drink prior, during and after depends on everyones individual bodies, but The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 8-12 fluid ounces of water 10-15 minutes prior to exercise, 3-8 ounces every 20 minutes during, and 20-24 fluid ounces post workout.
When I was living in California, I was drinking a gallon of water a day 90% of the time, but now that I live in Denver, due to the altitude, I HAVE to drink at least a gallon of water a day. Anything less will guarantee a headache or grogginess. A gallon of water a day probably seems like a lot, well that’s because it is. But after the first 3-4 days, a gallon of water a day will become part of your everyday routine. Unfortunately, even if you’re drinking a gallon of water a day for 10 years, you’re still going to be making multiple trips to the bathroom, it’s inevitable, your body doesn’t exactly adapt or change to that. Yes, coworkers will make fun of you or question your bowel movements, but this water is benefiting your entire body and that’s worth all those looks and comments.
What helps me keep track of my water intake and what I suggest to you is to constantly have a water bottle by your side. I have a 40oz Hydro Flask. My goal is to drink at least three of them in a day and then bam, I’ve reached a gallon. With the Hydro Flask, it makes it easier to remember to drink in general and it makes it easier to track. I’d lose count so easily if I had to remember how many cups I went through, and I’d get even less work done due to all the trips to the sink or fridge I’d be making.
What can I say, I genuinely love drinking water, it fascinates me that something so common can benefit your body in so many ways. I haven’t always been this way, and the love has grown stronger over the past couple of years.
- Increases Energy: It is the perfect way to wake-up and get your body moving.
- Natural Bodily Functions: Flow is flow when it comes to bodily functions and you need that water to start the flow!
- Skin: Gives you a natural glow, keeps those raccoon eyes away AND helps prevent wrinkles.
- Weight Loss: Will help kickstart and maintain any weight loss journey.
- Keeps You Hydrated: DUH! For any level of exercise it is crucial to stay hydrated.