Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Getting the nutrients you need: Water
Water is calorie-free. No other natural substance can make that claim, so drink up! When you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, you certainly don’t want to waste precious calories on other drinks.

Of course you also need to drink plenty of water for other reasons. For one thing, you can’t live long without it. You need a constant flow of water coming in to replace the water that goes out through breathing, perspiration, and excretion. Water keeps your muscles moving, your blood flowing, and your joints bending. Even your bones need water to stay healthy.

Drinking more water is a matter of developing new habits. The following are just a few ways to bring more water into your life on a regular basis:

  • Keep a bottle of water nearby at work.
  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.
  • Whenever you see a water fountain, take a sip.
  • Always ask for water when you sit down at a restaurant. Not only does asking help you fill your water needs, but it also can help fill your tummy and curb your appetite as well.

Most people need to aim for 8 to 10 cups of water a day. If your diet is high in fiber or sodium (salt), you may need more. If your diet is high in watery foods like lettuce, tomatoes, oranges, watermelon, milk, and yogurt, you can probably drink less because the water from these foods counts toward your daily requirement.

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