We all know that we need to hydrate our bodies for OPTIMAL HEALTH. Drinking water helps us maintain the balance of our bodily fluids. Our bodies are composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Water also helps our bodies to flush out the byproducts of fat and other toxins. You will see VISIBLE BENEFITS when you drink more water. Not only will it be easier to lose weight, but your skin will start to glow. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. But knowing all of this doesn’t mean that we will drink enough water for our optimal health. For most of us it is difficult to remember to drink water as we go about our busy lives. How Much Water To Drink: Drink between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight. For example, if your body weight is 150 pounds, then you need to drink anywhere between 64 ounces and 100 ounces (0.67% x 150) of water per day. The amount of water you need depends on:
- Your level of activity
- How much caffeine or alcohol you drink daily
- The temperature and/or altitude where you live, and
- Your age since sense of thirst in older adults may not be as sharp.
You can tell that you’re drinking enough water when your urine is on the light side. If the urine is dark and there’s not much of it, then you’re likely not drinking enough water. You are drinking enough water if your urine is abundant and you have to empty your bladder about every two or three hours. However, if you’re going constantly, you could be drinking too much water. Keep in mind that when you first start to increase water consumption, you WILL be in the bathroom more often than you’re used to, but don’t worry, that will only last a few days and then your body will adjust.
- Strategies for Drinking More Water: Start your day with a cup of warm lemon water sweeten with stevia leaf or raw honey if needed. It helps to purify and stimulate the liver & kidneys; Hydrates the lymph system; Helps aid in elimination; Aids in digestion; Aids weight loss; Improves the color and texture of the skin; Helps reduce phlegm in the body and Has an alkalizing effect in the body
- Fill a jug with filtered water. Refrigerate overnight. Put it on a table in the room or office where you spend most of your day. If necessary, set a timer to go off every hour to remind you to drink some water. When you first start, use a small glass… 4 to 6 oz. You can always refill if you want more.
- Take a bottle of water with you wherever you go.
- Add slices of kiwi, berries, or lemon if you don’t like the taste of plain water
- Drink your favourite herbal tea. It counts towards your total water intake. But if you drink coffee or alcohol, you will need to drink that much more water.
In conclusion, drinking water is not the ONLY way to keep your body hydrated. Eat more fruits and vegetables. The high water content in fruits and vegetables will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods. (By Karen A. Robinson)