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The benefits of: Water

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  • People should drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily
  • Coffee and beer are not substitutes
  • Water can improve complexion, digestion and circulation
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By Brigid Delaney
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Let's pretend for a moment you are a plant-owner and you forget to water your plant. Quickly the plant wilts, it loses its color, and it dies. While most people wouldn't neglect their plants by failing to water them, often they do not take the same care with their own bodies.

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Drinking water helps you manage your hunger, so drink water between meals.

Because our bodies are 60 percent water and we lose almost three liters a day through bodily functions, sweat and breathing, it's important that we top up throughout the day.

The amount of water each person should drink varies between two to three liters or quarts a day. This is around eight to 10 small glasses a day.

There are many reasons why we do not consume a lot of water. Some people find the taste bland, others think if they drink enough coffee or beer they will be covered, while some resent paying for bottled water.

But overcoming these hurdles and getting your recommended daily dose of water will improve your complexion, digestion and circulation.

Here are some tips for getting your water quota:

  • Take an empty water bottle to work with you and fill up there so you don't have to buy expensive bottles.
  • Wake up the body with a big glass of water first thing in the morning. To make the taste more palatable, squeeze some lemon juice into the water. A glass of water in the morning will kick-start your digestion.
  • Drinking water helps you manage your hunger, so drink water between meals.
  • Fill up with fruit if you are falling behind on your water quota; most contain a high percentage of water. Invest in a home water purifier if you find the tap water too hard.
  • Keep a bottle of water on your desk and sip it throughout the day. Working in an air-conditioned or heated office can be tough on your skin, so you need to re-hydrate at regular intervals.
  • Start keeping a record of how many glasses of water you drink in a day while you get in the habit of drinking more.
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