Water is the most important liquid in any diet. It is one of your body’s most essential nutrients.
On average, your body contains about 10-12 gallons of water, and it's essential for your cells to keep functioning.
The safest way to ensure you're getting enough water, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is to drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses (or 64 fluid ounces) of water per day.
Wondering if you are drinking enough fluid? Besides feeling thirsty you can also check your urine. If your urine is pale or almost colorless, you are drinking enough.
Often, thirst is mistaken for hunger, so you can avoid overeating, by simply staying hydrated.
Try drinking mostly water and fluids with no or few calories. Keep bottled water in your car and a large pitcher in your refrigerator. Carry a water bottle with you at all times or leave a cup on your desk as a visual reminder.
A great way to begin your journey to eight glasses a day is to drink one glass in the morning when you get up, and another after dinner, before bed.
This method will not only increase your consumption of water, it will remind you to end eating for the night before you settle in for much needed rest.
So, drink to your health!