Why We Should Drink Water

Drinking water helps to boost your metabolism, acts as an appetite suppressant and cleanses your body of waste… drinking water also helps with water retention… you should aim to drink at least 8-10 large glasses of water per day.

Try drinking a glass of water every couple of hours to ensure that your body is properly hydrated, if you only consume water when you are thirsty your body becomes depleted of the necessary fluids to function properly and retains water.

As water is an appetite suppressant you should drink a large glass of water before eating a meal which can help to make you feel fuller, reducing the amount you eat, drinking your water ice cold helps boost your metabolism – so add some ice – your body has to work harder to warm up the water therefore burning more calories.

Replace those fizzy drinks with water to help you lose weight, if ordinary water is boring add some natural fruit to the bottle such as lemon – the pectin in lemon helps to reduce food cravings! Steer clear of fake sugars which are popular as a zero calorie drinks – research has shown people who consume these don’t lose weight, they tend to gain weight!! Give up the sugary or fake sugar zero calorie drinks for a few weeks and you will see the difference!

Sparkling water with the addition of some natural fruit flavour such lemon, limes, grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, or even watermelon to give it a zesty flavour is a great alternative to combat those fizzy drink cravings, however beware if your prone to IBS sparkling water can worsen the condition!

If you’re tired of plain old water opt for some tea!! Green tea is known to be rich in antioxidants and flavonoids which can boost your metabolism and there are plenty of herbal fruit teas around to choose from if you’re not a fan of green tea.

Drinking plenty of water can help your exercise regime – being hydrated helps to prevent cramp and keeps your joints lubricated which means you can work out longer and harder – which in turn will help you to lose weight!

Even what you eat can help to boost your water intake – watermelon and strawberries are around 92% water other fruits such as pineapple, cranberries, raspberries, peaches, grapefruit and oranges are over 87% water. Vegetables such as courgettes, radish, celery, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, spinach and broccoli are all over 91 % water with cucumber and lettuce a massive 96% water. Consuming high water content foods have the added benefits of containing minimal calories but providing a feeling of fullness – so eat up!!!