That’s right Ft. Worth and Dallas residents; it’s time to celebrate this year’s Drinking Water Week 2012, beginning on the seventh of May. The American Water Works Association established this annual nod to the significance of water nearly 20 years ago in order to promote awareness of water’s importance in our daily lives.
Prior to having surgery for lap band, you may have been consuming beverages with high sugar and calorie content, but now there’s no better time to start drinking more water. Drinking the right amount of water each day can improve skin appearance, keep your body functioning properly and may even help you to lose weight.
Although drinking water is good for your health, it is possible to consume too much. Speak with Dr. Stewart about how much you should be drinking daily according to your weight loss program. Remembering to drink water throughout the day is easier said than done as we’re constantly buzzing around and always on the go. Once you know how much water you should be drinking, use these simple tricks to help you remember to hydrate throughout your busy day.
- Wake up with a drink—of water of course. Before you go to bed, place a glass of water by your bedside and drink it first thing when you wake up in the morning. As you’re sleeping your body becomes dehydrated, making it important to replenish your fluids first thing when you wake up. Before reaching for a cup of coffee, try to down eight ounces of water.
- Sip while you work—it’s easy to drink water while working at your desk. Bring a reusable bottle or cup to work and fill it up throughout the day. This will also help you get a little exercise in every time you get up to refill your container of water. If you have trouble remembering to sip every once and a while, post a note somewhere on your desk where you can see it for extra motivation to remind yourself to drink your water.
- Freshen up your water—with fruit! Some people have a hard time drinking fluids without flavor. Don’t let a lack of taste ruin your efforts to drink more of it, try flavoring up your water with fresh fruits. Add fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or cucumber to you water to give it an extra boost of flavor and increase your intake of healthy antioxidants.
Remembering to drink water consistently is another way to help you stay healthy, hydrated and possibly lose some extra weight. Talk with your weight loss surgeon to find out how much water you should be drinking each day following your weight loss surgery.