5 reasons to make water your new bff

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Summer has come and gone, but in California it seems that the sun’s scorching rays are here to stay. By now the daily application of sunscreen has become ritual (Apply. Reapply. Apply again. Wash. Reapply….), yet one of the most important combatants against these above average temperatures is often underused. Water is easily your best weapon when it comes to hot weather and, while this may seem like a no brainer, nearly half of all American’s don’t drink enough. This is a big problem when you consider that water does so much more than keep you cool.

5 Reasons to Make Water Your New Best Friend

1. Headache Prevention – In addition to decreased concentration, alertness, and short-term memory retention, dehydration is the leading cause of your pounding head, so put down the Ibuprofen and pick up the H2O.

2. Glowing Skin – Water is the key to a beautiful complexion. It moisturizes the skin, helps to maintain elasticity and suppleness, prevents dryness and encourages cellular formation.

3. Regularity – Yes, you know exactly what we mean. Water keeps everything flowing smoothly. Be honest, no one’s happy when they’re constipated.

4. Weight Control – One of the largest contributors to obesity is empty liquid calories. Water is calorie FREE and, when consumed before and alongside ones meals, it dramatically suppresses appetite and reduces calorie intake.

5. Energy! – Believe it or not, you actually DON’T need that coffee in the morning. Water is every bit as effective, if not more effective, than caffeine when it comes to feigning off fatigue. This is because each and every part of our body requires water to function. If you stay hydrated, your body will naturally perform at it’s peak.

3 key tips for getting your day off to a successful start

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wake up

1. Get a full 8 hours of sleep.

The absolute best thing you can do for your body is give it time to reboot. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep allows everything to rest and recharge so that you are able to take on the next day at your peak of performance.

2. Eat breakfast.

After full nights sleep, your body needs food to wake everything up and get moving again. A big, healthy breakfast provides the fuel your body requires to kick your metabolism into gear and begin your day with optimal energy!

3. Drink water.

There are so so SO many reasons to drink water -  not just in the AM, but all day long (see our many reasons to DRINK UP). However, drinking water early in the morning is especially beneficial! Doing so can boost your metabolism by almost 25%. It's also an excellent way to cleanse the colin, increase the production of new cells and create overall balance throughout all of your major systems.

DRINK UP!

drink up
drink up

On a recent visit to Watertown, Wisconsin, First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with actress Eva Longoria and the Partnership for a Healthy America to encourage Americans to drink more water.

“Since we started the Let’s Move! initiative, I’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives. I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water,” said Mrs. Obama. “That’s it – it’s really that simple. Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel. So Drink Up and see for yourself.”

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Drinking-Water

As humans, 70 percent of our bodies are comprised of water.  Given this fact it is only logical to assume that drinking water is important. However, if common sense was not enough to lead one to draw this conclusion, doctors, dietitians, and the health teachers in all of our local high schools have been preaching the necessity of eight glasses a day for years now. Let's face it, the fact that we ought to "drink up" should hardly be news. Yet, some are still asking why? WHY is flooding our system with 64 refreshing ounces of clear, tasteless liquid each and everyday SO necessary? Because it's "healthy"? So is sticking to an all Paleo diet, but unfortunately "health" is not always enough incentive for the average coffee craving, soda loving, sports drink guzzling American.

Here are 5 highlypersuasive reasons as to why water is absolutely essential to our overall well being:

1. Headache Prevention - In addition to decreased concentration, alertness, and short-term memory retention, dehydration is the leading cause of your pounding head, so put down the Ibuprofen and pick up the H2O.

2. Glowing Skin - Water is the key to a beautiful complexion. It moisturizes the skin, helps to maintain elasticity and suppleness, prevents dryness and encourages cellular formation.

3. Regularity - Yes, you know exactly what we mean. Water keeps everything flowing smoothly. Be honest, no one's happy when they're constipated.

4. Weight Control - One of the largest contributors to obesity is empty liquid calories. Water is calorie FREE and, when consumed before and alongside ones meals, it dramatically suppresses appetite and reduces calorie intake.

5. Energy! - Believe it or not, you actually DON'T need that coffee in the morning. Water is every bit as effective, if not more effective, than caffeine when it comes to feigning off fatigue. This is because each and every part of our body requires water to function. If you stay hydrated, your body will naturally perform at it's peak.

Sources:

Office of The First Lady. "First Lady Michelle Obama Asks Everyone to Drink Up With More Water". The White House. 12 September 2013. Web. 30 September 2013.

Perez, Alicia. "Why Drinking More Water Will Actually Change Your Life". Feminspire. Web. 30 September 2013.