I am THE WORST when it comes to drinking water. I just HATE it with a fiery passion. (The one thing I have in common with Oprah, besides reading.)

And now, one of the number one things this W.W. diet has me doing is GUZZLIN’ H2O.

I spend all of my time in the bathroom these days. Productivity?  Out the window, man.

Bodily functions aside, you can’t deny that getting your recommended water intake IS beneficial.

Not convinced about its importance?  A little cynical? Fine then. Let me share with you some of the things I have learned about good ‘ole H2O:

HEALTHY BRAIN
Wanna fight “Momnesia?” Drinking water keeps your brain functioning properly. Not drinking enough water can be a key element in the cause of headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.  Basically this means that I should have been chugging Evian instead of mountains of chocolate to feed my depression.  Alrighty, then.

HELPS RAISE YOUR METABOLISM
You should know by now that your metabolism is important. Duh. (I’ve been fighting my metabolism for years!) Your metabolism is the means by which the food you consume is turned into energy. The process begins with your digestion where the nutrients in the food is prepared to be absorbed by the body and thereby transformed into energy. Appropriate water intake is crucial to maintaining good digestion, which in turn keeps your metabolism firing. The consumption of water creates better utilization of the nutrients you consume which TADA! results in more energy. And hello, drinking water helps you reduce hunger.  It is just a fact.

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RIDS YOUR BODY OF TOXINS
Goodbye junk! Our poor kidneys, we just forget they are there don’t we? The sole purpose of our kidneys is to remove “waste” from our bodies. They flush out all of those disgusting toxins and purify our bloodstream.  Left in our system, toxins make us feel sluggish and unwell and can also put a harmful burden on the other systems in our body. Drinking water regularly lessens the burden on your kidneys and keeps us “pollution free.”


LOOSING WEIGHT

We all know that drinking water is important if you’re trying to lose weight. I mean, every single diet program agrees on that. Come to think of it, it is probably the ONLY THING they all agree on.  Why? Studies have shown that thirst and hunger sensations are triggered together. If there is even a slight dehydration, your  thirst mechanism may be mistaken for hunger causing you to eat when all that your body is actually craving is fluid. Not only that, but since food contains water, if you don’t drink enough you may be subconsciously propelled to eat MORE to consume the necessary water supply. The obvious problem here is that you are given the undesired effects of increased calorie consumption. Water is calorie-free, my friends. So obviously, drinking more water can help you prevent overeating and achieve weight loss.

REVIVES AND FRESHENS YOUR SKIN
Here’s a biggie for all of us out there who are seeing wrinkles creep up on us… If your skin is not properly hydrated, if will look dull and lifeless. Period. Basically, you’ll look like crap. When skin is hydrated it is healthy and plump and more radiant. A fact: Water stimulates the circulation of blood, fluids, and the necessary elements inside our body. It also controls and regulates the skin’s natural balance. It has the power to hydrate, revitalize, detoxify, and oxygenate the skin.  Simply put, deprive yourself of water and you’ll see the difference in the mirror. Ewwwww….

So get over it and drink your water already!