Could water be the missing link to your optimal health?
Here’s WHY you want to drink ENOUGH water everyday:
- It flushes out waste and toxins from your body, and prevents constipation;
- It regulates body temperature;
- It improves brain function;
- It creates saliva which helps digest food and keep mouth & teeth healthy;
- It lubricates joints, tissues, and your spinal cord;
- It supports physical endurance;
- It helps with nutrient absorption, especially water-soluble vitamins;
- It improves blood oxygen circulation;
- Prevents headaches;
- Promotes weight loss;
And the list goes on. There are hundreds of published papers on PubMed about the benefits of adequate water intake.
So here’s HOW to do it:
Everything starts with intention, and the clearer the intention, the more likely we are to follow through.
“I will drink more water:”
I have stated this in the past, but I didn’t know how much water I was drinking on an average day. I didn’t know how much water I should be drinking. I wasn’t clear on all the reasons why it would be better to drink more. Sure I knew I needed to be well hydrated, but that is about as general as it gets.
I didn’t even have an attainable goal, so how would I know if I met it?
There is an equation to calculate how much water is ideal for each person based on their weight. We divide the weight by 2 and that number is the goal in ounces of water a day. For a 130-lb person, an ideal amount of water is 65 ounces, which comes to about 8 glasses of water (8 ounces each). So you see, 8 glasses of water a day is not a myth, however, it does not work for everyone either. A 240-lb athlete would need about double that amount!
Clear Intention You can Stick to:
I will support my health and hydrate my body by consuming the ideal amount of water for my body, which is ___ ounces each day. I will do so by having a full glass of water by my bedside to drink first thing in the morning. I will then fill my ___ ounce water bottle and drink it at least ___ times a day. By mid afternoon I will have consumed at least ⅔ of that amount so I am not drinking too much water near bedtime. I will set a reminder for 2 pm on my phone that alerts: “Are you drinking enough water?”
Do the math for your body, pay attention to how much water you drink on a given day, then compare that amount to what would be ideal, and make a plan to add more.
PS: Coffee is a diuretic, which means it drains out water from your system. So if you drink more than one cup a day, add another cup of water per extra cup of joe.
See how you feel after a few days. This is an actionable way to set an intention and follow through with it.
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