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Although many people are aware that our bodies require a lot of water, for most it remains one of the hardest facets of achieving or maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

What are the benefits of drinking more water? There are many, including:

1. Stronger, healthier teeth and bones

The additional fluoride added to our water supplies provides extra srength and density to our teeth and bones. Milk may do a body good, but water will save your teeth and bones.

2. Clear, healthy, and vibrant complexion

Many people buy expensive products to eliminate or decrease wrinkles or unsightly blemishes from their faces, necks, and bodies. The best product, however, for a clear, beautiful complexion is water. Some good things in life are practically free.

3. Regular bowel and urinary functions

This may not be the most popular subject, but it is one of the most important. Maintaining healthy urinary tract function is imperative for a long, happy, and healthy life. This is also true for our complicated digestive systems. So keep your body functioning at its peak with pure, natural water.

4. Weight loss

Now this one is very popular. You can never be too thin, right? Actually, while that sentiment may not be true, it is true that your body requires more water to metabolize properly and to maintain a healthy weight. So, if for no other reason, drink water to achieve or maintain your healthy goal weight.

How can we drink more water? It may be easier than you think.

1. Set a 2 drink limit

Make the habit of drinking 2 (8 ounce) glasses of water before you eat any meal. This makes you eat less, helps your digestion process, and gives you time to "cook" if you're the one doing the cooking; if you do this every meal, you are well on your way to a daily goal. This is a great method to use for those who are compulsive over-eaters.

2. By land or by sea

No matter what kind of exercise you engage in (walking, running, biking, canoeing, hiking, etc.), water is the drink you should have. It is an instant fluid replacement and keeps your mind alert. So, exercise with your water bottle by your side.

3. TV temptations

If you find yourself snacking while watching the tube, place a large bottle of cold water by your remote and when you reach for the chips, pretzels, or popcorn, reach for the water. It will keep you from choking and also provides a substitute for the high calorie, high sugar sodas that your body does not need.

4. Drive through water

When you have to order fast food (or if you just want to order it), save your kidneys and your pocket book by ordering water instead of soda. Ask for the large with plenty of ice. You'll be amazed at how refreshing and easy this is.