Our bodies are made up of 70 percent water, give or take. It depends if you are female or male. (And the brain consists of 90 percent water!) It is recommended that you drink at least 2 liters (or 8, 8 oz, glasses)) of water per day. If you are active and sweating a lot or living in a hot climate you should drink even more. Drinking water is also especially important if you are on a low carb diet.
Some of the main health benefits of drinking water are:
Increases energy & relieves fatigue
Since your brain is mostly made up of water, staying hydrated helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert.
Water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
Flushes out toxins
Water helps you to get rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
Promotes weight loss
Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger and raises you metabolism.
Now I have a confession to make. I have always had a difficult time drinking water. I have tried a lot of things, but nothing seemed to work. The only time I could really seem to drink enough water was when it was hot outside (which, let’s be honest here, happens about 2 weeks per year in Sweden) or when I was exercising.
The tip I got that finally did the trick for me, was to start off each day but drinking a glass of water. Now I religiously drink 1-2 large glasses of lukewarm (yes!) water every morning before I do anything else. It works like a charm for me, might or might not work for you. The key is to find a way to make it work. Drink it cold, hot, still, with bubbles, flavored, just any way you like it. But make sure that you are hydrated!