Water, the Source of Life
Although you may not like me saying this, one of the most important things you can do to improve your health TODAY is to drink more water. Statistics show that the average American is dehydrated, which is an interesting statistic in a nation that is blessed with an abundance of clean water. Now, many of you like to tell me that you simply can’t live without your coffee, diet soda, or other chemically laden toxic carbonated beverage. You also like to tell me that water is simply boring and not enjoyable. If what I say sounds familiar, bear with me and give this nectar of life a chance. You won’t regret it. Seriously.
Think about this: our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it stands to reason that water is an important thing to consider when it comes to your health. Your body is begging you to drink enough water each day to efficiently balance your body fluids. Body fluids are responsible for life functions such as digestion, nutrient absorption, creation of saliva, circulation, transportation of nutrients, elimination of toxins, and maintaining your body temperature. Without water, our entire systems would completely shut down in a matter of about 3 days. Water is the cornerstone of life. Every living organism requires water to survive and we are certainly no exception.
How much water, you may ask? Well, that’s a great question of which the answer varies depending on your age, activity level, season, sun exposure, current health status, and a variety of other factors…but a good rule of thumb is to take your current weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and that number is the minimum ounces per day you need to consume to stay properly hydrated.
For example, if you currently weigh 140 pounds, you would need to drink at least 70 ounces of water per day.
Now, that may seem daunting at first, but trust me, it’s not as hard as you think.
Super Tip: To make sure you drink enough water each day, measure out your daily required volume in the morning so you visually know how much you have consumed vs. how much you still need to drink before the day is over.
As for the flavor of water, if you don’t think you like plain water, try infusing your water with natural flavors like cucumber, basil, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, or peach. Simply add the fruits, vegetable, or herb to the water and let it sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavor to blend in the water. Feel free to get creative on this and experiment with which flavors you like the best. Try to avoid the commercial flavor packets, as many of those are laden with chemicals and preservatives, which goes against our overall goal of acquiring health and well-being.
If you’re a die-hard carbonated beverage drinker, stopping cold turkey may be too great a challenge. If that’s you, try weaning yourself off by reducing the soda/pop consumption by one or two cans a day, which you replace with your water. Another approach is to force yourself to drink at least 8 ounces of water first before you drink your soda. This is a very effective technique as it helps dilute the effects of the chemicals from the soda in your system and you may find that since your stomach is already full of water, the carbonated beverage isn’t even needed anymore.
Either way, you will be amazed at how much better you feel simply by replacing your soda/pop with water. The average can of cola has enough sugar, chemicals, additives, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and a variety of unpronounceable ingredients to completely jeopardize your immune system for 8 hours. Put another way, it takes your body 8 full hours to recover from the toxic ingredients for each can or bottle you drink. So, if you drink more than 3 cans per day, your body never fully gets the opportunity to recover. Typical side effects you may experience include headaches, bloating, skin disorders, blood pressure issues, tooth decay, anemia, trouble sleeping, frequent colds, kidney issues, osteoporosis, heart disease, and obesity…just to name a few. Trust me, you really want to drink water instead if you truly want to feel better and live a healthy life. Thirsty now?
Stay tuned. In our next blog post we will discuss the different types of water and which are the best for you and why. Until then, I raise my glass of cool refreshing water to you. To Your Health.