Meet Your New Best Friend

Oh hi there. See that right up there? That’s your new bff and it will love you forver and ever. Let’s look at some facts about why you should have water next to you, near you and attached to your hand all day!

Did you know that 8 cups of water a day will..

  • Increase your metabolism (cold water increases this even more)
  • Fill you up (hot water helps better with this)
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Flush out toxins
  • Get you healthier skin
  • Reduce risks of certain cancers
  • Help digestions and constipation
  • Relieve fatigue
  • Improve overall health
  • All for 0 calories!

Here are some more fun facts…

  • Water comprises more than 80% of your blood, and the brain and muscles are three-fourths water
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated
  • If you are thirsty your body is already dehydrated
  • Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%
  • Losing just 1-2% of your body weight in water causes a decrease in your performance of between 10-20%
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or a printed page
  • Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue
  • On average it takes about 2 cups of water to make up for the dehydration caused by a single alcoholic drink or a cup of coffee
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in the University of Washington study
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer
  • Water fights bad breath
  • The main cause of kidney stones is dehydration
  • The best treatment for dry eyes is drinking enough water throughout the day
  • 8-10 glasses a day is recommended for a sedentary person
  • A simple way to estimate water recommendation for a person who works out would be to multiply body weight times 0.55. Example: 180 pound person — 180 times 0.55 = 99 ounces of water per day.

But what if you don’t like water and you find that drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day (more if you’re exercising!) is a challenge, there are other choices you can make to get your body the fluids it needs. And hydrating your body is, after all, the bottom line!

  • Skim milk. A small glass has about 80 calories, along with respectable amounts of protein and calcium. And, of course, no fat.
  • Decaffeinated iced tea. Go without sugar and you’ve got a drink that’s as calorie-free as water.
  • Soups and broths. There are plenty of low-calorie products on the market. However, they can be very high in sodium, so be sure to check the nutrition label for salt content. (You shouldn’t have more than 2400 mg of sodium daily.)
  • Juice-water mix. You can get the flavor of juice with less sugar and calories by mixing a half glass with water and ice.
  • Add lemon, lime or orange slices to your water to give it a little more flavor.

So this month keep water by your side at all times and make sure you get your recomended amount daily! You’ll only help yourself!

Superbowl Eats

Looking for something to make today for the Superbowl? Here’s a collection of some great recipes I’ve previously posted!

Whole Wheat Roasted Red Pepper + Fontina Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Portobello Burgers with Guoda and Roasted Garlic

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Ten Recipes for the Big Game

At my house today we are making pizza, which is one of my favorite things to make, and we are also having chicken wings and a big tray of fruits and veggies!

If you splurge tonight in your eating, don’t worry! We’ll see you in the morning for class to burn off those extra calories!!