The change: Drink more water
For years, I would deal with nonstop headaches and lower back pain. I would reach for the Tylenol and it pretty much became a regular pill I would take. When I started my weight loss a few years ago, the first thing I did was to drink more water. I replaced all my pops, juices, and coffee drinks with water. I drank so much that I would have to goto the bathroom all of the time it seemed. By doing that it helped me to lose 70 lbs, not gorge on food anymore, completely stopped my headaches, and has cured my back pain. Water has become an essential staple in my life. When I am feeling sluggish, or achy I don’t reach for the pain reliever or a cup of coffee first, I guzzle a cup of water.
Why make the change:
There are a myriad of health benefits from drinking water here are just a few:
- 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 Starbucks and soft drinks.
How do we do that:
Okay so we know all the health benefits of drinking water, but how do we go about replacing our current drinks with water? You might think, “I really love my can of Diet Coke 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” so that I know when I am supposed to drink them. I fill a 24 ounce container and I have to drink 2 before I eat lunch. I make sure to drink 2 more before I have an afternoon coffee. Then 2 more before dinner. So for myself I know that I look forward to that cup of coffee in the afternoon, if the time rolls around and I haven’t had my water, I quickly guzzle my cups before I have my coffee. Same goes before I have a meal.
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 pop, 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, you might even lose your cravings for your pop or other high calorie drinks. You will definitely notice that you do not need a cup of coffee 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.” Notice when you start to feel sluggish, notice a headache coming on, notice when you start feeling hungry. Immediately down a container of water, see the benefits almost immediately.
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 peppermint 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—I used to do this it is very refreshing
- 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
How much should I drink
It used to be drink 8 glasses of water per day. But that was false information. Most doctors would agree to drink until your urine is a light pale color. It is rare to over hydrate your self but you can surely under hydrate yourself. For me I drink a little more than half my weight in ounces. So if your weight is 140 lbs drink 70 ounces of water.