Drink Plenty of Water

Lutheran Health Network - Drink Plenty of Water

The wonderful effects of water…

  • Necessary for digestion and absorption of food.
  • Supplies oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body.
  • Helps maintain proper muscle tone.
  • Rids the body of wastes and toxins.
  • Best treatment for fluid retention.
  • Can help relieve constipation.
  • Helps regulate the body’s temperature.
  • Serves as an appetite suppressant.
  • It contains no calories.
  • Proper water intake is key to weight loss.
  • Reduces risk of certain diseases.

Creative ways to work water into your day, every day…

  • Drink a glass of water every hour while at work.
  • Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day; i.e. before you eat breakfast, before you leave the house, when you sit down to work, etc.
  • Make it convenient. Have a water bottle on your desk and drink from it all day.
  • When you have a junk food craving, down a glass of water immediately.
  • Don’t like the taste of water? Try adding lemon, lime or orange slices to boost the flavor. Or freeze little bits of lime, lemon and orange and use them in place of ice cubes. You may also mix water with low calorie flavor mix.
  • After each trip to the restroom, drink an 8 oz glass of water.
  • Drink 2 full glasses at each meal, one before and one after.
  • Drink 1 glass before eating a snack.
  • Carry a small refillable water bottle at all times and drink during downtime; while waiting in line, etc.
  • Bring a 2-liter bottle to work and try to drink it all before you leave work. If you don’t finish it, drink it in the car on the way home.
  • Keep a large glass of water handy when you are watching TV, doing laundry, fixing dinner, etc.
  • Substitute one glass of pop or other favorite beverage with water.
  • Let ounces of water double grams of fat; i.e. eat a food containing 5 grams of fat, drink 10 oz of water.
  • Log how much water you drink each day. It will help you to know how you’re really doing.

Other facts…

  • Even if you can’t quite get the full six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day, even some water is good. Researchers at Loma Linda University looked at the daily water intake of more than 20,000 adults. Those who drank five or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day were less likely to die from a heart attack or other heart disease-related causes than those who drank fewer than two glasses a day. Men had a 54 percent reduced risk of fatal heart disease, and women cut their risk by 41 percent. Those who drank three to four glasses of water a day also lowered their chances of developing heart disease.

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