Calories or Water: Left or Right?

Calories or Water: Left or Right?While lots of health specialists, researchers, nutritionists, and sports-enthusiasts stand behind adequate daily water consumption, often the reasons are misunderstood or not accounted for.

Drinking water on a daily basis can drastically improve not only your energy levels and an ability to curve your diet, but also positively impact and change unhealthy eating habits.

For example, a most recent study conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that unhealthy and unnecessary levels of sodium (salt) and glucose (sugar) were reduced when individuals increased their daily water consumption as much as 1% or more. While scientists and medical professionals alike agree that too much water can cause undesirable effects, it’s been found that the average American is not consuming the recommended amount of daily water-consumption to improve their health.

Since an individual loses water throughout the day via urine and sweat, it’s scientifically founded and recommended that a person consumes at least 8 eight ounce glasses daily, or 2 liters – equivalent to half a gallon.

Not only has drinking water been shown to improve health – as it’s the body’s natural lubricant – but it also is proven to directly aid in unhealthy eating habits. Unbeknownst to many, we often consume sugars, salts, and fats or even calories when thirsty or hungry. This natural response can easily lead to an unhealthy diet, and even unhealthy appetite suppression – and a lack of necessary daily water consumption.

If you’re serious about improving your health, take into consideration not only the benefits of daily-water consumption, but also feel free to try journaling your daily consumption of water to ensure you’re staying on top of the desired amount.

No matter what the age, race, or ethnicity, the standards for improving and sustaining positive health is equivalent across the board.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics found that individuals often consume far more caffeine that reccomended, unnatural sugars, and other unhealthy minerals daily by drinking too much sweetened tea, coffee, and soft drinks.

For anyone serious about reducing their daily sodium (often unhealthy) intake by as much as 150 milligrams per day, and even dropping from 18grams per day to nearly 5, drinking water is the way to go!

Drinking more water will lead to better health in both the short and long-run, as it’s demonstrated time and time again to not only curb unhealthy eating habits, but even improve your cholesterol.

Those that exercise on a regular or semi-daily basis should pay especially close attention to their water consumption, as extraordinary amounts of water are lost through the course of most, especially intensive, exercise routines.

While electrolytes, salts, and sugars are undoubtedly necessary to keep your body operating efficiently, statistics show that as many as 70% or more of Americans do not consume the proper amount of water daily, and in turn commonly neglect many health-based diets which could otherwise improve health, focus, and provide increased natural energy.