Weight Loss Tip 4: Change Your Drinking Habits

by Eden Chiuslekuda

(ECCT Natural Health Contributor. For more of her natural health & beauty tips, follow her page, ‘A Corner of Eden’ ).

When consuming liquids, most of us underestimate how beneficial the correct quantity and quality of fluid intake can be to our overall health.  For the sake of our KISS 2012 Weight Loss theme – we will focus on how our beverage consumption affects our body weight. There are 3 essentials to losing weight by changing your drinking habits. In this blog, we will focus on the first one.

For Goodness Sake – Just Drink More Water!

The vast majority of us have a tendency to walk around dehydrated and not even know it.  Water is free.  It has zero calories and is the most beneficial health drink ever, no matter where you live.  It helps to improve digestion, blood circulation, cleansing of the cells and organs by removing toxins and can help you have the clearest skin of your life.  It even boosts your metabolism.

Oftentimes – people mistake dehydration for hunger and end up overeating and under-hydrating.  Drinking a glass or two of plain water about thirty minutes before a meal helps your stomach to release enzymes and gastric juices that help you digest your meal more efficiently, and also will be likely help you to eat less.

Mild dehydration results in symptoms many people assume to be part and parcel of life or aging, but honestly do not necessarily have to be your lot.  Sluggishness, fatigue, headaches, moodiness, bad breath are all symptoms of mild dehydration.

Drink water first thing when you wake up, before and between meals, before and during exercise and you can easily meet the basic goal of drinking half your body weight in ounces.  Just remember that there are 35.2 ounces in every kilo and that one ounce of liquid equals about 237 ml.  When in doubt shoot for a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

Keep your eyes on the blog for drinking habit 2 to be posted in a few days……

*Pic sources: Mademoire; YourFashionCity; National Geographic

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