If you find yourself feeling parched, it’s because you need water. Too often I see you guys out there with your 1 liter bottle and when I ask, how much water do you drink, it’s always the same answer: “This is my water for the day.”
Really? That’s all? But yet, you wonder why your ankles are the size of water balloons. Yup, you only have yourself to blame for those cankles. It ain’t the humidity. It’s because you are not hydrating your body well enough.
Women typically retain more water than men due to hormonal factors and gulping down H2O will facilitate the reduction of water retention.
Men, your bodies need it, too and how much you need depends on several factors to include: the state of your health, your activity level and where you live. On average, men should consume roughly 3 liters of water a day and women, 2.5 liters. If you live in the desert or somewhere tropical you should consume more.
Water doesn’t just quench your thirst. It is the basis of all chemical reactions in our body - including metabolic ones. Water also cleanses every nook and cranny of our bodies ridding it of toxins that add to weight gain and illnesses. In addition, we burn calories cooling the cold water we drink. I see you throwing a few extra ice cubes in that glass.
Up your water game with these few tips:
- Drink a tall glass of water upon waking up in the morning
- Drink water with every meal and snack
- Sip water while watching TV, working and commuting
- Add lemon, cucumber and strawberry slices
- If you’re on the go add crystal light (My favorite)