If you want to improve your health, the first step is to drink adequate water.
Your body is made up of 75% water. This needs to be replenished every day. Without it, your body will not function properly. Many Physical problems stem from chronic dehydration; like headaches, urological problems and kidney stones. The first thing I do when I get a headache is to drink a glass of water. It usually helps.
If you want to lose weight, replace those sugary, chemical-filled drinks (soda, alcohol, coffee) with water. Some people have been known to lose up to 10 lbs. just by doing this alone.
The benefits of water are many. It lubricates your joints, hydrates your skin, increases your metabolism and improves your energy level.
start slow. Increase your water intake by a cup every few days. Give your body a chance to adjust. This will keep you from spending all day in the bathroom.
Start your day with a cup of hot/cold water when you first get up in the morning. After eight hours of sleeping, your body is ready for it. This signals your metabolism to start its work for the day.
Drink a cup of water before each meal or snack. This will aid your digestion.
At 3pm when you get that afternoon slump or craving for chocolate is a great time for a glass of water. It will rejuvenate you and most of the time that craving will disappear.
When you get home at the end of the day. You are feeling exhausted. You are starving. Drink water!!
Six Tips to Get More Water Daily
- Don’t drink water close to bedtime. It may effect your sleep patterns and keep you up.
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 140lbs. that equals 70 ounces of water which would mean you should drink 9-8oz. glasses of water per day.
- Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day. This will allow you to have it handy when you need it. It’s also a great way to know what you’re actually drinking.
- Try filtered water. This gives me peace of mind. You never know what’s in that water…..
- You don’t like the taste of water? Add fruit, cucumber or herbal tea. You can find pitchers at your local teashop that hold the fruit inside a strainer so you get the juice without the chunks of fruit. Green tea is also an excellent choice. It contains many healthy nutrients and is great when you need a little caffeine boost.
- The fruits and vegetables you eat and cook with count , too. Soup, smoothies and salads all add to your water content.
I hope this helps you on your road to better health. The choices we make today, effect our tomorrows. Let me know how it goes for you. Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
All the best to you and yours.