Your body primarily consists of water so it is essential to its functioning. Water assists in removing toxins from the body and aids in the major roles of the circulatory and respiratory systems.

Drinking a plain glass of water is the simplest step in transforming to a clean lifestyle. The recommended consumption of eight to ten glasses of water per day is a must. Studies also indicate that drinking water can increase metabolism, therefore aiding in weight loss. After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates—or the rate at which calories are burned—increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption, and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes. It is noted that this is a very small effect in the long run. However, drinking an adequate amount of water does aid in the basic functions of the body, which is necessary for burning calories and losing weight.

Aside from water helping you lose weight, you may not be aware of the calories you are consuming from beverages alone. Liquid calories can add up fast, especially since liquids do not easily fill you up. You can quickly consume a drink with 400 calories and still feel hungry afterwards.

Eliminating processed drinks such as fruit juice, soda, specialty coffee drinks, cocktails, milkshakes, etc. can provide tremendous benefits and help pave the way to a cleaner lifestyle.

If drinking water is a foreign concept and has been replaced with soda or other drinks, incorporate water in any way you can. Start by adding one glass of water in the morning. Once you have gotten used to the change, start replacing the soda with water until you slowly wean yourself off.