I’m almost always telling everyone I know that they need to drink more water, always more water. And anytime someone says they aren’t losing as much weight as they like, or they feel low energy,
My first question is “how much water are you drinking?”
We’ve all heard that we are supposed to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day….snooze that’s old news!
But how much do we really need?
On a low carb/ketogenic way of eating we don’t hold onto water like we do when we eat carbs. Carbs are literally the reason for water retention and bloating. Yuck!
So we have to replenish more often.
On a Low-Carb/Keto nutrition plan, experts recommend half your body weight in ounces to keep yourself hydrated. This number will of course change as your weight changes.
What are some benefits to drinking more water?
- More energy-Coffee is not the only king of energy boosters, water actually does a great job of getting you up and moving. When your body is dehydrated its super common to feel tired and run down. This is a great reason to keep water with you in the middle of the day. No more 2pm slump!
- Easier weight loss -Water flushes out toxins from your body for an all-natural cleanse. It’s also necessary to carry nutrients from our food to our cells through the lymphatic system. Without adequate water, that process doesn’t work as well leaving us feeling tired and our bodies will hold onto fat more tightly. When we are dehydrated our brain senses a threat to our survival and will store more water in the body, water retention makes us look and feel heavier, so just by increasing your water, you will lose a few pounds of the bloated water weight. It also lightens the load of the kidneys and liver, so they function optimally. Your liver is the organ that processes your fat into energy, so you want it running at top notch!
- Better mood and concentration – Your Brain is made of up approximately 70% water, so keeping your brain hydrated will keep you alert and help you think, focus and concentrate better. It can also be a mood booster. When your body is functioning well, you will feel better, and be happier!
- Clearer skin – Water is essential to good skin. Think about what happens to a piece of fruit when it starts to lose it’s moisture, it shrivels up and gets wrinkly! Eww! This is what happens to your skin! Water helps keep the balance of moisture in your skin giving you glowing, soft, smooth skin. Dehydration makes wrinkles more prominent, so drinking enough water will plump them out, minimizing their appearance. How’s that for a cheap anti-aging treatment. You still want to use a good toxin-free moisturizer or serum to help hold the moisture in your skin. I recommend Renew Face Serum, but drinking your water is always the best Step 1.
- Less dry hair, eyes, nails– Does it seem like your hair isn’t growing very fast. Is it brittle and dry? Lack of water could be the culprit. Without adequate water, the cells that keep your hair healthy and growing can’t properly do their job. Even your nails benefit from drinking enough water. It will keep your cuticles and nails hydrated, making them stronger and less likely to break.
Tips for easier water drinking:
If you like your water very cold, use refillable water bottles that are insulated. I like these Insulated Bottles because they will even keep ice from melting for hours! You can also pre-fill several bottles each night and stick them in the fridge, so they are ready when you want them during the day.
Keep a water bottle at your desk. Keep one in the car. And even in your purse, if it’s big enough. If you always have water with you, you don’t have any excuse not to drink it.
Add a little bit of lemon or lime juice to your water to kick it up a notch.
If you are like me and can sip on your morning coffee for hours, have a big glass of water first. This will ensure you are getting it in, but you still get to enjoy your coffee for as long as you like.