I know, I know, I’m always talking about how important it is to keep hydrated and how you should be drinking a lot of water every day. For instance, if you haven’t read it already, take a peek at my hydration blog I just wrote a couple weeks ago.
To review some of the reasons why water is absolutely essential for us to consume every day—it helps regulate circulation, body temperature, and digestion. It also detoxifies the liver and the kidneys and carries waste out of the body. Did you know that a two-percent drop in body water can cause small but critical shrinkage of the brain, which can impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and cause slow thinking?
As if those aren’t enough reasons to drink water, a new research study just came out that links weight-loss to water consumption. Dr. Tammy Chang and colleagues at the University of Michigan School of Medicine used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to look at the link between dehydration and weight in the sample of 9,500 adults. It turns out that about 33 percent of the people in the study were not adequately hydrated. And those that were not hydrated had higher BMIs than those that were.
Getting thirsty yet? Seriously, how much water should you drink? The general rule of thumb is to at least drink half your body weight in ounces. If you are very active, you will need much more!