Thank you so much for joining me again on our journey to better digestive health!
Today, I’m going to talk about one of the most important things that you can do to keep your digestive tract healthy — drink more water!
Most people are underhydrated, but they don’t know it. Oftentimes, people believe that when they drink coffee, soda, or tea, they’re getting the hydration they need to keep their body functioning properly.
But that’s just not true. Clean, fresh water is the best way to hydrate yourself.
One of the easiest steps that you can take on your journey to a healthier digestive system is to add more water to your diet. Not only do you need enough liquid in your system to keep your bowel movements regular, but water also has many other functions in the body, including transporting water to the cells, moving toxic waste out, and is necessary for healthy kidney function.
Not getting enough water in your diet can have some serious implications for your health, and your waistline. Oftentimes, when people feel hunger pains, what they’re actually feeling is thirst. If you’re getting hungry, try to have a large glass of water before you get something to eat. That might be enough to satisfy you before your next meal, and you’ll see a noticeable difference in the way you feel.
A simple change that you can make that will have a big impact is to replace all of the soda that you drink with water. That means no soda, sweetened tea, or sweetened coffee. None of those drinks give you the undeniable benefits that drinking plain, clean water will give you.
If that seems a little too difficult, then begin by replacing just one soda or sugary drink a day with water. Once you take that first step, gradually reducing the amount of soda that you drink each day, while increasing the amount of water you drink, will become easier.
How Much Water To Drink?
If you’re not sure just how much water to drink each day, keep this calculation in mind: Each day, aim to consume half your body weight in ounces of water.
For instance, if you weigh 120 pounds, then your goal should be 60 ounces of the clear stuff every day. Calculating your specific consumption goal will help make it easier for you to feel hydrated and full throughout the day.
A great tip for getting more water in your diet is to carry around a big water bottle with you everywhere. You’ll have it right at hand whenever you need a drink, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you reach your daily goal.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my next email where I’ll share my thoughts on fiber and on how it can affect your digestive health.
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