Monday, 11 February 2013

#FebFocus Guest Post: H2 Ohh | Why You Should Drink Water

Today's guest post for the week is going to be from the lovely Jayne! This is such a great, informative post and is relevant to everyone - enjoy! :)

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Hello everyone! I'm Jayne from a little blog called Miss Jayne Becca. I write about my beauty finds, my fitness journey and everything in between. Today I wanted you to chat to you about my friend water.

We all know that we are supposed to drink lots of water every day. It has countless health benefits and can also help your skin and your energy levels. Water hydrates your skin making you look younger and can assist in weight loss. So why don't we drink enough? Because water can be a little boring next to a delicious frothy latte or a fizzy drink.

Your body is made up almost entirely of water - hard to believe right? So when your hydration levels get as low as 80% (i.e not very low!) your liver and kidneys have a difficult time functioning. The liver has an important function ~ it breaks down fat to use as energy. So if you are dehydrated the liver function slows down and fat does not get broken down at the rate we need in order to maintain a healthy body composition. Not good right?

So for diet and exercise to be 'truly' effective we need to make sure that we maintain a proper level of hydration. That way the fat that is released into the bloodstream due to exercise can be broken down correctly and be used as energy to repair and build muscle.
Water increases your metabolism so much that if you are chronically dehydrated it can mean as much as an 8 pound weight gain (or more!) per year. So drink up! I follow the philosophy that you should drink half your body weight in water PER DAY i.e. 120lb = 60oz of water.
If you find water a little boring here are a few ideas to spice it up and get your daily water intake in.

Fruit | Slice it up and toss it in. Strawberries, lemons, limes, oranges ~ whatever takes your fancy!
Mint | Add a few mint leaves to your water to give it a refreshing twist.
Tea | Fruit of green teas count towards your daily water intake too. Perfect for cooler days.
Coconut water | Great for post-workout, coconut water is full of electrolytes and potassium.

I hope that you found this post helpful! Let me know if you have any tricks for making water a little more interesting. :)

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Thanks for that Jayne! Water is such an important factor for staying healthy and losing weight - I always carry a water bottle around with me in my hand, as I always tend to sip subconsciously throughout the day.


Don't forget to join in our #FebFocus Chat at 8pm (GMT) tonight! We'll be talking about food and how you're using it to help you reach your goals!

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