12 Unexpected Reasons to Drink More Water This New Year

It’s finally time to put down the wine glass. Here’s why you should make water your new best friend in 2015.
12 Unexpected Reasons to Drink More Water This New Year

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With the holidays finally behind us and healthy habits on our minds, many are trading pitchers of beer for glasses of water. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution to drink more H2O or you’re still fending off that January 1st hangover, we’ve uncovered some convincing reasons to knock back more water in the New Year.

Water It Down—The Need-to-Know

Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks. This is a scary stat, since sugary soda is a huge health hazard, upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems An update on the dangers of soda pop. Kaplowitz,G.J. University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Dental Assistant, 2011 Jul-Aug;80(4):14-6, 18-20, 22-3 passim; quiz 29-31. Soda consumption and the risk of stroke in men and women. Bernstein, A.M., de Koning, L., Flint, A.J., et al. Wellness Institute of Cleveland Clinic, Lyndhurst, OH. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012 May;95(5):1190-9. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.030205. Epub 2012 Apr 4. Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and obesity: a systematic review of the evidence from observational studies and interventions. Gibson, S. Sig-Nurture Ltd, 11 Woodway, Guildford, Surrey UK. Nutrition Research Reviews, 2008 Dec;21(2):134-47. doi: 10.1017/S0954422408110976.. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water, which doesn’t have negative side effects. So help put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless. (Just take a look!)

Bottoms Up—Your Action Plan

The amount of water people need per day is up for debate, but studies suggest adults need nine to 16 cups of H2O. However this number varies depending on activity level, age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or water-rich veggies and fruit.

Here’s how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. (This will help control appetite, too.) Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. And if the taste beings to bore, spice up the taste buds with a squeeze of citrus to the glass! Before you know it, all the benefits of water will be right at your fingertips… and in your body.

Originally posted January 2013. Updated December 2014.

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