With nearly 60% of the body being made of water, it is shocking that water takes a back seat to carbonated soda as the most popular beverage in the United States.

It’s a scary statistic, not only because of the dangers drinking sugary drinks has on the body, but also because the body requires ample amounts of water to help balance all of the body’s fluids, digest food, transport nutrients from food to the rest of the body, and to regulate the body’s temperature.

So basically, water is your body’s superpower.

Here are some of the other benefits of keeping your body adequately hydrated:

Flushes Toxins
Drinking enough water allows the body to release toxins through sweat and urination.

Maintains Regularity
Water is necessary for the digestion of food and to prevent constipation.

Promotes Weight Loss
Choosing water over a soda saves on the calories since water has zero. It also works to remove the by-products of fat, reduces hunger, and reduces eating intake when you start each meal by drinking a full glass of water.

Increases Energy
Your brain is over 70% water! Drinking water helps you with focus, concentration, and energy.

Improves Complexion 
Water is the number one anti-aging treatment there is. It moisturizes your skin and keeps it soft and smooth. If that wasn’t enough, it also decreases wrinkles!

So how much water should you be drinking? The answer varies. Some suggest at least eight 8-oz glasses a day. I prefer the method of drinking half my body weight in ounces. Since everyone’s weight is different, the amount needed is different for everyone. Simply determine your body’s weight and divide it by two – that’s the number of ounces you want to consume each day. So if you weight 150 lbs, you’ll want to drink 75 oz of water per day.

When it comes to drinking water, remember to consider the container it’s in. Many water bottles are made of plastic that contain numerous toxic chemicals, including Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a dangerous hormone disrupter that can build up in the body and cause serious health risks. Stick to glass or stainless steel containers for any water or food storage whenever possible.

Looking to get better hydrated? Here are some ways to make sure you are adding more water to your daily routine:

Add Flavor
Adding lemon, lime, mint, fresh berries, or cucumber slices to water is a good way to switch it up so that you can be sure to get the ounces in!

Bathroom Break
Make a game of it, and have a glass of water whenever you take a bathroom break.

Drink Before You Eat
Having a glass of water between every meal helps with hydration, and can help to curb your appetite, but skip the ice. Room temperature or warm water is always best to avoid freezing the digestive enzymes in the body that help to properly digest your food.

Use an App
Use a water tracking app to keep track of how many glasses your drink.

Eat Water-Rich Foods
Add water-packed foods to your diets, such as cucumber, celery, watermelon, and zucchini.

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