I’m often told that I look way younger than I really am.
Now, I have no scientific proof to this fact, but I think (I really do!) a large piece of this has to do with how much water I drink.
I drink a lot of water – about 5 liters a day.
Don’t worry, I’m not saying you have to drink this much.
Your number is largely personal and depends on a few factors: the climate where you live; how much you exercise; if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding; medical conditions; and the list goes on.
But, a general guideline for an average healthy adult, according to The Institute of Medicine, is 2.2 liters of water a day for women and 3 liters a day for men.
If you sometimes find plain water boring, try one of my personal faves – hint water or hint fizz – 0 sugar, 0 diet sweeteners – nothing but water + fruit oils and essences.
hint was actually created for folks who don’t like the tastelessness of water, but didn’t want to drink sugary concoctions or anything with diet sweeteners.
If you need more “ammo” on why to drink h20, here are 5 benefits of drinking water that may have you changing your mind.
1.) Supports metabolism
Water helps keeps your metabolic rate up (cellular hydration is necessary for cellular metabolism); allows you to tell whether you’re really hungry or just thirsty (you can mistake hunger for thirst), and has no sugar or artificial sweeteners (you’re keeping it natural – what your body likes).
2.) Promotes vitality
Dehydration can cause tired eyes, headaches, and a case of the “blahs.” Drinking enough water helps promote your wellbeing. And remember, by the time you’re thirsty, you’re dehydrated. Keep it flowing throughout the day!
3.) Helps with digestion
Staying hydrated keeps things moving along smoothly in your digestive tract. Water is necessary to breakdown your food and prevent constipation.
4.) Eliminates toxins
Water helps your kidneys flush out toxins you don’t need in your system through urination. Sweat is another natural way your body removes waste products – drink up!
5.) Improves muscle strength
Muscles need hydration too! When muscles have enough fluid, they can work longer and harder, helping you get stronger and have more energy – and who doesn’t want that?
How much water do you drink a day?
Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coach with a Masters in Nutrition. Specializing in coaching, weight loss, and behavior change, Corinne has helped hundreds of women develop a healthy positive relationship with food, their body, and themselves. She helps women do this by showing them how to create a healthy lifestyle (they love) using a holistic approach. She believes lasting change starts from the inside out. Visit her at CorinneDobbas.com