First step to changing your health: Start with hydration

By Bridget Creel
January 12, 2016, 7:15:38 AM EST


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If you’re wondering what’s missing from your healthy diet, bring your focus away for the food and focus on the drinks in your diet. Whether or not you drink juice, milk, tea, or coffee, you want to be sure you are drinking enough water. Hydration is key for boosting your metabolism, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping a strong immune system. We spoke with Lauren Slayton, registered dietitian of FoodTrainers about the most important way to change your health: through hydration!

Hydration ups your mood and motivation

“Numbers vary, but less than five percent of dehydration can decrease sharpness, concentration, and mood by 25 percent,” Slayton said.

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Drink up before you eat up“Drinking just two cups of water before a meal will help you consume fewer calories,” Slayton advised. “However, hold off on guzzling while you eat, as digestion may be impacted.”

Your hydration should be pH balanced

“It’s not good for your body to drink water that is too high, or too low in pH, as proper pH balance is important for mineral absorption,” Slayton said.

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