November 6, 2015 Zhou Jia

Drink Up that Water

It’s vital to life and crucial for regeneration.

Water: It’s vital to life and crucial for regeneration. Prioritizing your 8 daily glasses can be a challenge, but why is it so important? To start with, we need water to survive, and rather a lot of it in order to be in optimal health. Our bodies need water to do just about anything – from digesting the foods we eat, to transporting nutrients around the body, and to releasing energy so that we can produce movement. Every day, we lose around 2-3 liters of water through urination, sweating, and breathing. And yet just a little dehydration can have severe negative consequences. When the water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you get thirsty and irritable; at 5%, your muscle strength and endurance deteriorates; at 10%, delirium and blurred vision take over; reach 20% and –to put it bluntly— you’re dead.

But getting enough water isn’t just important to prevent bad things from happening; it’s also useful for helping you look and feel in great shape. Water allows your liver to be more efficient at mobilizing and eliminating fat from your body. At full hydration, your metabolism runs faster which means you are constantly burning more energy. Water also wards off food cravings caused by dehydration and thirst, thereby helping to reduce your calorie intake. In other words, if you are trying to lose weight or stay lean, drinking plenty of water is a MUST.

Need some encouragement to reach those 8 glasses a day? Here are some nutrient-packed —and social media-friendly— water recipes. Paired with powerhouse ingredients like cayenne (to rev metabolism), cucumbers (to calm), and ginger (to promote digestion), water is poised to become your new favorite drink. Read on, then DRINK UP.

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Autum’s Favorite: Juice oranges, turmeric, and ginger. Stir in cayenne. Add water and some honey, if preferred.

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Lemon Kiwi Water: Freeze some kiwi slices, then add them to your water; squeeze of lemon.

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Cayenne & Lemon Water: Add cayenne and lemon juice to water, then drink.

*Content carefully researched, crafted and curated by Prime Fitness Editorial Team.