Drink up! Water is essential for health. It helps you maintain normal body temperature, assists your organs in working properly, cushions your joints, keeps your skin healthy, and helps rid your body of waste.
How much do you need? Water needs vary from person to person – your environment, activity level, and any health conditions all influence how much water your body needs. A general guideline is approximately eight (8-ounce) glasses per day. In addition to water itself, fluid intake from fruits and vegetables, broth-based soups, and beverages such as coffee and tea (no sugar added!) also counts toward your daily intake.
Water isn’t just good for you – it helps weight management as well. Studies have shown that drinking enough water increases the amount of calories you burn throughout the day. Also, when drank prior to meals, water also helps reduce appetite and increases feelings of satiety.
Being naturally calorie free, water is a great way to reduce overall caloric intake. An easy way to get enough water is to carry a water bottle with you throughout the day. However, beware of sports drinks, juices, soft drinks, sweetened teas, and sweetened coffee drinks, which contain mostly empty calories that quickly add up. Instead, try adding fruit to your water to give it a subtle flavor – limes, lemons, berries, and even veggies like cucumbers are all delicious options.
Our try-it-out tip: drink a glass of water 5–10 minutes before each meal. Notice how it aids in satiety and curbs your appetite!