It’s true most of us do not drink nearly enough water.
Yea you say “so why should I care? I mean really, I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day and glass or two of water over the course of the day, surely that is enough, right?” Well you’re not alone, the average person consumes 2.5 glasses of water per day.
In fact you should be drinking ½ of your body weight (in lbs.) in ounces. A 180 lb. person should be drinking 90 ounces of water per day, that’s 11 cups or water or 2.6 liters. And If you are exercising you should be drinking well in excess of that.
And why should you care?
1. It promotes weight loss
2. Increases energy and relieves fatigue
3. Flushes out toxins from our body
4. Boosts our immune system
5. Improves regularity
6. Improves skin composition
What can I drink?
Keeping your body very well hydrated is always important, especially so when you are doing intermittent fasting. When the body is in nutritional ketosis (meaning burning fat) you will find that you need to urinate more frequently and for this reason the body needs even more water. This is a natural reaction to fasting as water is a byproduct of burning fat. Also drinking water helps take one’s mind off of food if you “think you are hungry.”
Often when we think we are hungry, what the body really needs is water
Water – make it interesting by adding lemon, cucumber, basil, mint, a few berries anything to make it interesting from vegetables, herbs and fruit. Drink it hot or cold
Stay away from diet drinks and artificially flavoured drinks
Coffee is allowed but does not count towards your water as it dehydrates the body
So make the decision today to take another step in improving your health by simply drinking more good old H20. Your body will thank you for it.
Dr Sher Bovay is one of our Toronto Trailblazers and she runs several clinics in Toronto. She has helped 1000s of patients achieve remarkable weight loss and health results through her innovative personalized programs based on the most up to date insight and research.
A graduate of Queens University, a chiropractor by training Dr. Bovay has developed an expertise in Lifestyle Medicine primarily focusing on weight loss, stress and sleep management.
She has over 25 years of clinical experience and is certified through The Institute of Lifestyle medicine at Harvard Medical School.