What if I told you I know a secret?
Drinking this one thing daily will make: your skin radiate, create boundless energy, lessen body aches and pains, make you feel sexier and more youthful and can even elevate your mood.
People would line up to buy “this secret” and would spend serious cash for it. I could even package it in cool looking bottles with a fancy label on it.
But, eventually I would be “discovered” when people found out all I was doing was selling pure water.
It’s true, that being intentional about drinking water daily can make a transformative difference in your health (and provide you with all those amazing things above).
Water is essential for life and is the foundation for healthy living. Our bodies can survive weeks without food but only a few days without water.
Our bodies are made up of 60-70% water so its only natural that we require water for life.
And, our brains are about 90% water. Those poor brain cells shrivel up when you are dehydrated. Shriveled brains are not sexy.
It may be surprising to know that our bodies lose between 2-3 quarts (12 cups) of water a day! About half of that is lost in the urine with the remainder lost through breathing and perspiration.
Every single process in your body requires water and if you are dehydrated your body does not work as efficiently and functions way less than optimal.
If you are not drinking clean water (and excreting the old water) it is literally like your cells are drinking dirty, mud-puddle, gross-infested water. When your body doesn’t have enough water your body will recycle what you’ve got.
And instead of being able to eliminate toxins they will accumulate in the body tissues ~ like fat, joints, and muscles. No wonder many of us have aches and pains! Our bodies are full of toxins. It’s like trying to clean a sink full of dishes in a mud puddle ~ we will never achieve the result we desire.
Drinking water offers one of the easiest solutions to a majority of ailments that people come and see me for like: weight gain, fatigue, headaches, depression, and aches and pains.
And, no, it does not necessarily “cure” those things but it provides an excellent platform for the body to get to work healing itself.
It is not only the hydration that is beneficial but it also encourages the body to release toxic waste products.
Here are some tips for drinking adequate amounts of water.
- Drink half your body’s weight in ounces.
A good rule of thumb is to drink the number of ounces of water equivalent to half your body’s weight in pounds. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink approximately 75 ounces of water per day. Additional water is needed if you drink caffeinated beverages or lose water through exercise or sweating.
- Use filtered water.
When drinking water, it is important to minimize your exposure to additional pesticides, chemicals and toxins. Although filtered, much of the city water you have access to is not free of these types of residues.
I definitely recommend getting a high-quality water filter ~ one that has been tested to get the junk out. It is a financial investment at first but in the long run it is much cheaper than high-quality bottled water. And, it is much better for you and the environment than drinking out of numerous plastic bottles.
- Minimize exposure to plastic bottles.
Although convenient, drinking bottled water potentially poses a threat to both you and the environment. One-time use plastic bottles end up in a landfill somewhere or they use a lot of natural resources to go through a recycling process.
Additionally, the plastic can leach into the water exposing you to harmful chemicals. Find a stainless steel or glass water bottle you love that is refillable.
- Have water accessible to you at all times.
Carry your water bottle (stainless steel or glass) with you at all times. I have one that fits in my purse and in the cup holder in my car. When at home or at work, fill a pitcher up with water in the morning and have it sitting next to your workspace. You’ll be amazed at how much water you drink without really trying.
- Make it taste good.
If you are just getting used to drinking pure water (after drinking soda, sugary drinks or fruit juices) it will not taste good. But, over time, your taste buds will adjust and a sip of soda will begin to taste way too sweet!
Add sliced lemon, lime, or oranges to pure water. If you are breaking up with soda, try drinking fizzy water with citrus slices. It’s not the same but it will help you transition.
- Drink slowly throughout day.
At first, you will always have to go to the bathroom as this is a side-effect of drinking more water. But I assure you that as your body adjusts to the new intake you will urinate less often (but with more amounts).
To help minimize the hundreds of annoying trips to the bathroom, sip slowly throughout the day (about a glass an hour) instead of gulping large amounts at a time.
- Create accountability or reminders.
At first, it is always challenging to create new habits. We get to the end of the day and think, “oh yeah, I was supposed to drink water today”. Be proactive and intentional in your new habits and before long you won’t have to think about them.
Put a reminder in your phone “drink a glass of water” that notifies you every hour. Or, create a tally in a notebook of the number of glasses you drink. For me, I fill up two big pitchers of water a day and it has to be gone before the end of the day. I pour water from these pitchers into my water bottle or glass at home.
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?
Do you drink enough water? Are you ready to accept the challenge to drink more daily?
Please leave a comment below.