Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Power of Water

A new study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults. In their findings, it was determined that the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water (tap, cooler, drinking fountain or bottled) by only 1% reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.

The study showed that people who increased their consumption of water by one, two or three cups daily decreased their total energy intake by 68 to 205 calories daily, their sodium intake by 78 to 235 grams, consumed 5-18 grams less sugar and decreased cholesterol consumption by 7 to 21 grams daily. The study also indicated that the impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race, ethnicity, education and income levels. The study did show that the decreases were greater among men and young/middle-aged adults, but it is suggested this is associated with the higher daily caloric intake of these particular groups.

With this being said, try increasing your water intake to 1-2 cups more per day. Add lemon or lime to give your water a nice kick and to increase potassium, calcium, magnesium, as well as aid digestion!

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