Live a healthy life, drink water!
What can you not live without? Family, friends, sushi, chocolate…those are all viable options, but did you consider water? Probably not but it is absolutely essential not only to stay alive, but also to live a healthy life.
It’s a well-known fact that our bodies are made up of about 60% of water. We quite literally need it to function! So let’s make sure with the on-coming heat that we drink water to keep our bodies adequately hydrated.
Challenge #1: This summer challenge yourself to drink at least 2 liters of water every day (the recommended daily amount!)
"Water is the driving force of all nature.” –Leonardo da Vinci
How do our Bodies Utilize Water?
Your blood delivers nutrients throughout your entire body and is 82% water
The muscles that move your body are 75% water
Even your bones are made of 25% water
Your lungs that pump oxygen are 83% water
The skin contains 64% water
Even your brain is composed of 73% water
Drinking so much water might have you going to the bathroom more, and that’s okay! Show your bladder some acupressure love. Place firm pressure for 1-3 minutes on the outside of your ankle right between your anklebone and Achilles tendon to help invigorate the blood. This point also helps you pass gas.
A Natural Remedy Many ailments confused for the cold or flu actually stem from dehydration. Our bodies require water to transport nutrients to our cells. When water is lacking, this process is slowed or ceases to happen. Lack of proper hydration can cause headaches, lethargy, and even gastrointestinal issues like cramps, constipation and diarrhea. Energy: Feeling low on energy? Being dehydrated sucks up all your energy and makes you tired, even if you’re only mildly dehydrated. If you get thirsty, that means you are already dehydrated and your kidneys have helped send a message telling you to drink up. Drink a glass of water soon to prevent or ease dizziness, fatigue and muscle weakness. Headaches: If you feel a headache coming on or are in the midst of one, dehydration is a common cause. Of course there are other reasons you might have one, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to drink some water! Healthy Skin: Challenge #2- Commit to drinking a healthy amount of water and keep track of the effects on your skin. Drinking water will help clear up your skin and help you look fresh! Taking water into your body keeps your skin hydrated. Digestive Issues: Digestion systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Water can help with stomach acid problems and constipation. Your body also uses water to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. Drink more water to help your kidneys do their job! Weight Loss: Water is actually one of the best tools for weight loss! It is a great appetite suppressor with no calories, fats, sugar or carbs. When replaced with high-calorie drinks, you could see a bigger difference than suspected. Being hydrated also helps your workouts, as being dehydrated makes you move slower. The best time to drink water is two hours before your plan to exercise, along with during and after.
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When to Drink Water There are actually times of the day when it is best to drink water, as you reap more benefits! Challenge #3: Try sticking to the following water-drinking schedule 6:00-7:00 AM
Have your first glass after waking up! 8:00-9:00 AM - Eliminates toxins- Stimulates your digestive system. Have a glass one hour after breakfast- re-hydrates your brain.
- Lubricates your joints and cartilage - Helps your immunity 11:30-12:00 AM Have a glass a half-hour before lunch
- Burns extra fat - Boosts your metabolism for the next 30-40 minutes 1:00-2:00 PM An hour after lunch
- Increases production of blood and muscle cells 3:00-4:00 PM Have another glass before you take a tea/coffee break
- Minimizes acid production - Removes toxins 5:00-7:00 PM Glass one hour before dinner
- Helps prevent overeating 8:00-9:00 PM Glass an hour after dinner
- Helps your body absorb nutrients - Prevents constipation 9:30-10:00 PM Have your final glass a half-hour before bed
- Replenishes any fluid loss
Eat Your Water!
There are plenty of foods that are packed with water! Try adding some into your diet
Iceberg Lettuce Spinach Celery Cucumber Red Tomato Radish Zucchini 93-90% Water:
Green Cabbage Strawberries Sweet Peppers Watermelon Grapefruit Cantaloupe 89-87% Water:
Pineapple Peach Apricot Orange Raspberries Cranberries Cauliflower
Make Water a Habit 1. Have a glass of water with each meal 2. Carry a reusable water bottle with you; it will help remind you to drink up! 3. If you feel like snacking, try drinking a glass of water first 4. Track your water intake so you can see just how much water you’ve drank during the day and see if you reached your goal 5. Spice up your water drinking by infusing some fruit and veggies in there for a crisper taste, lemons and berries are a delicious mix!
"We never know the worth of water 'till the well is dry." -Thomas Fuller
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