You probably know that water is good for you, but despite knowing it’s good for them, most people do not actually drink enough!
One reason why I would recommend that you aim to drink plenty of water is that water helps you to function as a human being. If your system is only poorly deficient in water, which, unfortunately, many of us are without realizing it, the body can not function on all cylinders, and as a coach, I want for you to be firing on all cylinders, and raring to go !
I could write a whole book on the benefits of water, but to keep this short and sweet, I would just like to draw a few facts to your attention. Did you know, for example that with only a slight deficiency in water (sometimes 4%), you could have been losing up to 30% of mental capacity. Now, I do not know about you, but I think that is a good reason to drink some of the stuff!
You probably already know that water helps flush through your system, and takes away waste and toxins, but how about this for those of us who would like to lose a few pounds … an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits (and studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase)!
You may also be interested to know that water naturally suppresses the appetite and that many people mistake thirst for hunger and eat when they really need to drink some water!
So how much water is enough? Well, there are different opinions on this, but a good level to aim for most people is 2 Litres a day (more if the weather is hot, or if you’re exercising a lot). 2 Litres is the equivalent of about 8 x standard 8oz glasses.
That’s 2 Liters of water, drunk as water, and not as tea, coffee, juice, fizzy drinks, or any other form of liquid. In fact, drinking anything that contains caffeine (or alcohol) means that you should drink extra water to compensate for the diuretic effect. Again, there are different opinions on this, and current thinking is that if you drink coffee or other types of drink then it will help with your total liquid intake total, but personally, I do not think you can beat pure water, the stuff of life: o)
Do not like water? Take heart, I did not used to like water, and never drank it, but I started to drink it for my health, and now I actually like it.
Think you can not possibly drink that much every day? Do not worry, work your way up gradually. If you make the effort up front, then it becomes easier and easier. Soon you’ll be drinking water naturally, without having to think about it.