Drink water to balance your blood sugar. What? You’ve heard people tell you to drink water before, but why does drinking water help to balance your blood sugar? It’s the first step to stop snacking all day on your rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows. We’ll take you on the path of balancing your blood sugar to feel energized and healthy in seven articles. Today is step one. Water. Here’s the skinny on why it matters.

Water is the basis of all living organisms on earth

Its chemical formula is H2O; one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms. It’s delicious, should be odorless, clear, and refreshing, although many new water drinks add flavor and vitamins. How you like your water?

Water, Adam’s Ale, is the most important element on earth.  H2O is still the best fluid for our body and is the ideal source of fluid because it is calorie-free, caffeine-free and alcohol-free. Americans consume 58 gallons of water every year.  That is 2.5 cups a H2O per day.  But the ideal amount to drink is more like 8 glasses. Our body is about 2/3 H2O.  That means we do need to replenish our fluid balance constantly.  Different parts of our body depend on water for  healthy function.

Drink water for these benefits

Weight loss

If you are looking to lose some weight, add that extra glass of water strategically .  Drink water before meals.  It will help you feel full.  Next time you feel hungry and you have had your meal, drink water instead of snacking to avoid the extra calories and a sugar high followed by a sugar crash.

Energize your body

When you are tired during the day, drink couple glasses of water, and you will feel the difference.

Help rid kidneys of toxins

Apart from the fact that H2O prevents kidney stones, water also helps flush toxins in our body.  Eight cups per day of water is good, but the Institute of Medicine estimates that men should drink approximately 13 cups of water per day and women should drink 9 cups of water per day.

Improve skin vitality

Skin cells cannot perform without water.  When skin is hydrated it has a healthy appearance.  If you want to work on sagging and drooping skin, drink water to balance for your skin and muscles. For those prone to oily skin, drinking water helps prevent acne and breakouts.

Electrical energy for brain function

Drink water to improve brain function.  We experience blurring, mental fatigue, depression, anger and even headaches when we are dehydrated.  So next time you are going through anger spell, hydrate yourself.  You will be in a better mood.

As with just about anything, you can overdo and have negative side effects.  Over-hydration can cause the level of salt in your blood to drop too low.  This condition is very serious.  It is also called water intoxication. So drink water, but not too much. Eight glasses a day is a good rule to follow.

And remember the first step is to balancing your blood sugar is to drink water.


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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation.

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