The Truth About Water…
I wanted to know...Have you been staying hydrated? I hope you answered “yes.”
As you know, drinking fluids is crucial for good health because it maintains the function of every system in your body... including your heart, brain, and muscles. Plus, drinking water has incredible health benefits, like:
- Boosting energy levels
- Improving mental clarity
- Promoting clearer and more youthful skin
- And keeping your gut nice and clean
That’s why it’s important to have a cup or bottle of water nearby at all times. Whether you work from home, in a corporate setting, or especially if you do any sort of physical labor or exertion, drinking enough water is essential for your health.
In fact, I even have a glass of water next to me right now as I’m writing you this email. (*Takes a sip*)
When I’m hydrated, I find it easier to concentrate, which helps me stay productive and make the most of my day...And, regardless of what you do for a living, it can work the same miracle for you as well!
But, there’s something else you should know...According to the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, water can actually make us snack when we’re not hungry. Think about whenever you head to the break room or kitchen to grab some water… you can’t help but take a yummy treat back, can you? Have you noticed yourself doing this?
If so, the truth is, you’re probably not even hungry. Instead, it’s likely because you’ve conditioned yourself to grab a snack every time you pass through the kitchen or break room. I know the word “conditioned” may sound scary, but don’t worry! It simply means that you’ve created a habit. And what reinforces this habit is the flood of serotonin you get every time you pop a snack into your mouth.
In other words, snacking is oftentimes based on emotion rather than hunger. But try not to feel guilty, I sometimes do this myself. As busy as I am, even I get bored sometimes… and I'll catch myself going to refill my water, only to end up nibbling on some pretzels to pass the time.
But once I identified my snacking trigger (refilling my water only to also grab a snack), I became more mindful of my eating habits. I learned how to identify if I was actually hungry, or if I was just bored, or leaning on a habit. Once I made this shift, I started snacking a lot less, and things began to change.
I now feel more energized and motivated, my tummy is feeling great, and I’ve noticed that I’m becoming even more mentally focused! So while no, drinking water doesn’t actually make you gain weight (except for the occasional “water weight”), unhealthy habits or conditioning may.
But by being more mindful and making just a small change, you can make an incredible difference in your life.