We are composed of about 60 – 70% of water and nearly every aspect of our body’s functions require water. It could be considered the “transportation system” of the body as it is the main component of all bodily fluids, including blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, and perspiration. It helps bring nutrients to our cells as well as eliminate the waste from our bodies. Water helps the immune system, protecting us against diseases and regulate our body temperature.

The common adage we have heard is that we should drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces throughout the day to maintain a healthy hydration level, but this adage is not supported by any scientific study. However, the Institute of Medicine recommends that adults consume between 91 ounces and 125 ounces of water a day to maintain a healthy hydration level. Others suggest taking your body weight (in pounds), dividing it in half and drinking that many ounces of water a day. While others simply recommend listening to your body and drinking water when you feel thirsty. No matter which adage you follow, the best indicator to determine whether you are drinking enough water is the color of your urine – if it is almost colorless or pale yellow, you are properly hydrated. If not, time to drink more water!

So how much water should you drink to lose weight?

Many experts believe that it is more about when you drink your water. They recommend drinking a glass or two of water about 20 to 30 minutes before you eat helps you feel full, thus leading you to eat about 75 to 90 calories less! If you do this before each meal – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – you can cut between 225 and 270 calories from your daily diet! Studies have shown that just by drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal can help you lose about 9 pounds in a 12-week period!

What if losing weight isn’t your New Year’s Resolution? Don’t worry, drinking more water can help with any New Year’s Resolution:

Want to get organized? Switching to a reusable water bottle, can help you de-clutter your house and car – even your office – from empty and partly empty water bottles! Switching to a filtered water cooler you can de-clutter entire storage rooms!

Looking to spend less or save more? Consumers who purchase bottled water pay on average 2,000 times the cost of tap water! Simply switching to filtered water can dramatically shrink your expenses.

Want to quit smoking? According to the Canadian Lung Association, drinking water can help combat nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Simply want to enjoy life to the fullest? Studies conducted at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory show that even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly. So if you are drinking enough water you will be a happier, more energetic, productive person!