You’ve probably heard this a million times: “drink more water!” Simple right? But how many of us actually drink enough water, especially the right kind of water? Amazingly, most of us are in a state of “chronic hydration.” Let’s “dive” into this important topic today!
Our bodies are made up of between 60-75% water, therefore, how much water we drink can have a tremendous effect on our health. Getting our daily dose of pure, alkaline water every day is nourishing to our bodies and can simply help us feel better. When you’re feeling hungry, tired, headachy, or lethargic, it could be a result of dehydration. Instead of reaching for coffee, energy drinks or junk food, take a few deep breaths and choose a glass of water instead. After a tall glass of water, you may notice your ability to make better decisions and perhaps go for a healthy piece of fruit instead of that cookie!
The benefits of drinking water are endless, here are just a few:
How much water should you drink and what kind?
A minimum of half of your body weight in ounces per day (E.g. if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 oz. of water = 10 cups/day.) Avoid water with chlorine and fluoride, so basically stay away from TAP water and even standard bottled water! I recommending drinking clean filtered water, spring water, or alkaline water. At our house, we have an under the sink, reverse osmosis alkaline filtration system by I-Spring, which we love. Another great option is a counter top system made by Berkey. You could also look into a whole house filtration system, which is more expensive but may be well worth it in the long run! One easy option is to go to a health food store and get some Essential or Penta water, these are super alkaline (9-9.5 pH) and are so healthy and refreshing.
How to best drink your water?
To start your day right, drink 16 oz. of warm/hot water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon.
Doing this first thing in the morning will help cleanse your liver, ensure healthy elimination, and freshen your system for the day ahead.
Keep a bottle of water accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having a water bottle close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. To make your water even more refreshing, try adding berries, lemon/orange slices, and other fruits. Keep in mind that if you drink coffee or caffeinated tea, you’d need to drink even more water, as these are dehydrating. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.
If there’s one thing that you could do to improve your health today, would you intentionally drink more water? I hope so!
Cheers to your health and an amazing year ahead!