Water is one of the most important substances on earth. All plants and animals must have water to survive. If there was no water there would be no life on earth. There are a myriad of health benefits from drinking water:
- Helps promote weight loss–fills your belly up instead of eating so much food.
- When you think you are hungry you are usually just thirsty.
- Boosts immune system–you are less likely to get sick when you drink lots of water. You are constantly flushing out toxins and bacteria from your body.
- Most common cause of daytime fatigue—DEHYDRATION. Guzzle some water and feel great.
- Less headaches–flushes out the toxins from your body.
- Cures back pain, prevents sprains and cramps—lubricates your joints and helps keep your muscles elastic to prevent joint pain.
- Improves skin complexion—moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing, and smooth. The best anti aging treatment around!
- Most adults are popping pills for ailments and diseases that could have been prevented from properly hydrating and flushing out toxins from their bodies.
- Makes you rich—-even if you buy bottled water, it is still cheaper than gourmet coffee and soft drinks.
How do we go about replacing our current drinks with water? You may really love your can of soda everyday and can’t live without it. I would say, don’t drop it completely. Slowing start adding water to your daily routine.
For myself, I set up my “triggers” to know when I am supposed to drink them. I fill a 24 ounce water bottle and I have to drink two before I eat lunch. I make sure to drink one more before I have an afternoon coffee. Then another before dinner. This way I know that when I look forward to that cup of coffee in the afternoon, if I haven’t drank my water, I do that before I have my coffee.
Set up times that you have to finish your container of water or you will not get that next thing, whether it be lunch, snack, a soda, etc. When you set a goal with a trigger it is easier to remember to drink the water. Otherwise it will sit on your counter top for the entire day.
In time, your body will start eating less food, and your cravings for your soda or other high calorie drinks will lessen as well. You will definitely notice that you do not need a cup of caffeine to keep yourself going for the day. Plus your body will start feeling amazing by flushing out all the toxins.
Pay attention to your “triggers.” Immediately drink a container of water when you notice that you start to feel sluggish, have a headache coming on, or when you start feeling hungry. You will begin to notice that your body reacts positively because it was under hydrated.
Ways to make water taste better:
Even though I drink a lot of water in one day, I still do not like the taste of it. For myself I add a green tea bag to my water bottle and leave it in there for the whole day. I get a nice taste to my water.
Other options are:
- add a squirt of lemon juice
- squeeze a lime wedge
- add a mint leaf
- add an orange segment
- add a dash of peppermint extract for a refreshing taste
- add a natural tea bag to your water
- add a packet of vitamin C
- for a natural detox, add 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup and a squirt of lemon juice
- add pieces of fruit
- add a slice of cucumber
How much should I drink?
There are many opinions about how much you should be drinking. You can tell by drinking until your urine color is a light pale color. It is rare to over-hydrate yourself but you can surely under hydrate yourself. For our family we drink a little more than half our weight in ounces. If your weight is 130 lbs drink 65 ounces of water.
If you haven’t been drinking much water you will notice how much you have to go to the bathroom each day—-that is good! You are ridding your body of toxins. Keep at it.