Study Finds Hydration Is One Key To Reduce Stress And Lose Weight

Did you ever think that you can actually help reduce your stress levels and lose weight just by drinking more water! You may be able to do just that.

For a very long time we have been encouraged to drink 6-8 cups of water a day, some say more, to both maintain and encourage good health and lose weight.

Most of us may not take the recommendation seriously because it sounds like a piece of old advice. Now there are studies that show how dehydration can have a negative effect resulting in more physical and emotional stress as well as making it more difficult to lose weight.

Here is what they found about the importance of getting enough water in our diets.

That recommendation isn’t new — but it suddenly got some serious evidence to back it up. A study of nearly 10,000 adults ages 18 to 64 shows that staying hydrated by drinking water and eating more water-loaded fruits and vegetables could help with weight management, especially if you’re overweight or obese…

…Being dehydrated can mess with your mental, physical and emotional health. Numerous studies show attention, memory and mood can be damaged, and physical distress such as headaches, constipation and kidney problems can result.

But when it came to weight loss and gain, the science on the role of water has been murky. Some studies found drinking water helped control weight gain, yet other studies showed the opposite. Part of the problem, said Chang, was the way hydration has been measured.

“Water consumption is not an ideal measure of hydration,” explained Chang. “The amount of water it takes to stay hydrated depends on your body size and many other factors like your activity level and the climate you live in. Imagine if you were a landscaper in Arizona versus a receptionist in Michigan. The amount of water it takes to stay hydrated will be drastically different.” – CNN

Know How Much You Need And Easy Ways To Get It!

So how can you know how much water you need? Please don’t go away thinking that you must drink glass after glass of water to get enough. It’s not that hard at all. Here’s an easy way to know how much water you need and some tasty ways to get that water into your diet.

So how can you tell if you’re drinking enough water? Instead of sticking to a cup-per-day recommendation, Chang says the most reliable way to tell is to check the color of your urine. If it’s light, almost the color of water, then you likely are, but if it’s dark, you need to step up your water intake.

Drinking plain water isn’t the only way to do that. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with water and have far more than processed foods. A cup of sliced radishes has half a cup of water, while a 2-cup serving of watermelon—not to mention a single cucumber—both have more than a cup of water. “They’re good for you because of their nutritional value, but you’re improving your hydration as well,” Chang says. – Time 

Are you getting enough water according to Dr. Chang’s study?