Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Week five of joining Kristen over at We Are THAT Family for Works For Me Wednesday!

Really...I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know on this one. You've probably read about it or heard on the news or something about the benefits of water. But I still wanted to share this with you because I think it needs to be reemphasized.

Upon further investigation, here are the Top 4 Benefits of Drinking Water:

1. Drinking water enhances weight loss.
2. Drinking water combats ailments.
3. Drinking water can reduce hunger.
4. Drinking water hydrates your skin - making you look younger!

So besides wanting to lose weight, Lord knows turning 30 last fall has made me think about looking younger! :o)

You can read more about it by clicking on that link, but I love the information that says, "Experts say that hunger pangs are often misinterpreted cravings for water. Try drinking water before your regular meals and see if it helps you cut down on the amount of food you eat. It really works as an effective appetite suppressant. Avoid counting sodas and juices in your fluid intake. Sodas and juices are too sweet—because the body must dilute them, they cause more dehydration."

I usually feel really good when I've been sure to drink tons of water throughout the day. AND when I completely cut out soda (which is really hard for me but I know it's something I have to do).

Speaking of soda, even diet soda is not an ok alternative. Recent research tends to show that if you drink a sweet-tasting beverage, including those sweetened with artificial sweeteners, it can trigger something that makes you want to eat more sweets. The result may be to eat more calories. So when you hear about diet soda weight gain, the extra pounds aren't from the calories found in the diet beverage itself, but from the extra foods you eat to satisfy the cravings for sweets generated by consuming the diet soda.

Let's stick to water! I know I'm trying!


Jodi said...

Oh, I needed to hear this today! I don't drink sodas, but I am seriously addicted to tea. I'm trying to motivate myself to drink more water...

Faithful Mali said...

I love your WFMW posts! Sometimes I like to add a shot of lemon juice (I'd use fresh if I had them) and a little mint to spruce up my water if I need a little more flavor.

Sonora said...

I am terrible at drinking enough water. We just started a diet though that is all about cutting sugar so we gave up our soda. It is amazing how after a few days we haven't craved sugar like we used to. Now if I can just do better on the water thing. I think I need a water bottle I can carry around with me.

Maria D. said...

I am usually pretty terrible about drinking water, but now that I'm pregnant, my midwife has been harping on me to drink more! Supposedly, I need to divide my body weight in half and drink that number of ounces. ZOWIE!!! Needless to say, I feel like I'm about to float away! One thing I've found to be really helpful is to put a small amount of flavoring in the water-- Tang or lemon slices are my favorites. Well, with all this water intake, I expect to have glorious skin by the time this baby is born!

christy rose said...

I definitely need to drink more water!!!

e said...

Water is what I regularly drink. Occasionally, I drink milk and I have about one cup of green tea a day.

I stopped soda years ago when I found out it was basically like pouring corrosive liquid to your organs. Yikes!

Mindy said...

I think I drink tooo much water! hehe

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