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Hydrate

I will drink a glass of water before breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I Pledge to Hydrate

Our Body's Elixir

While the old maxim about drinking eight glasses of water a day has been widely debunked (because we get much of our needed water from the food we eat) — there is still no doubt that hydration is key to good health. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, lessens the burden on our kidneys and liver by flushing out wastes, protects body organs and tissues and carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells.

Doctors now say "drink when you're thirsty" is a better rule of thumb than the old, mandated eight glasses — but the problem is, Starbucks and soda-swilling Americans now consume a record amount of caffeine, and hence, 75% of Americans are now chronically dehydrated.

H2O = Weight Loss (and More)

Medical studies confirm that drinking water helps shed pounds.

  • People who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before meals ate 75-90 calories less during the meal.
  • Those drinking water three times a day before meals (over three months) lost five pounds more than those who did not.
  • Metabolic rates (the rate at which calories are burned) increased by 30% for both men and women who drank 17 ounces of water.

Another study showed that water impacts mood, with dehydrated women exhibiting headaches, loss of focus and fatigue. And water is proven to improve skin tone.

With the explosion of sugary sodas and coffee drinks, Americans are now drinking an average of 235 calories a day, far more than at any point in history. Swap out some of these beverages for water, our very healthiest beverage.