It is estimated that 80% of Americans are dehydrated – – dried out! Your body is 70% water and it is critical for proper health. We can live longer without food than we can without water. The only thing more important is oxygen.
Why are we dehydrated? It‘s simple – – we don’t drink enough water! Coffee, juice, soda, beer and tea are not water – in fact they are even spelled differently!
What Does Water Do?
Water helps the body detoxify, energize, build muscle, ease joint pain, and increase immunity. Adequate water consumption also helps in weight loss.
Often when people think they are ‘hungry’ they are often thirsty. Try drinking water the next time you are ‘hungry’ and see what you notice. Drinking between meals is far better than gulping large amounts of liquids during meals.
Drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water can support all of the above functions (ex: if you weigh 150#, drink 75 ounces). To help ensure I get adequate water each day, I have a 24 ounce water bottle that I make sure I fill three times each day and consume. Now, I don’t have to count ounces, I just count to three – much easier!
Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Start your day with water (some lemon added to it is nice). Then, begin drinking throughout the day with your handy water bottle.
Not all water is the same. I do recommend filtered water whenever possible. There are several options for this. If you choose to do distilled water, be sure to add minerals back into your diet/supplement routine.
The more alkaline your water is, the better. By law, it should be a pH of 7. The more alkaline (higher number), the better it is for you. We personally use the Santevia Water System, which you can find online, as it helps to alkalinize.
In addition to your drinking water, consider your shower. More contaminants get into the body through bathing/shower water than as a beverage. Local health food stores have shower filters that are affordable and easy to install.
It’s time – – go get a drink of pure water and know you are helping your brain, your body and your weight loss! Join us at www.lifestyleforhealth.com for more ideas to build your health and fitness!
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