Women’s bodies are made up of 50% water. (The other 50% is obviously sugar, spice and everything nice). We can so very easily become dehydrated. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink up! It’s one of the easiest improvements we can make when it comes to healthy eating (er, drinking). It’s also one of the most crucial.
If you’re feeling sluggish or depressed, it’s likely that you need to drink more water. If you get frequent headaches, you probably need more water. If you’re having a difficult time losing weight, try drinking more water. If you want healthier skin, drink water.
Obviously, taking a drink of water is not going to immediately swing you from depressed to joyful. It’s not going to zap your headache right away. Five pounds won’t miraculously fall off your hips after guzzling a glass of water. It’s just that our bodies crave water. We need it to thrive. Making sure our cells are well hydrated makes a huge difference in our over-all health, both physically and mentally.
Nothing else counts. Not soda, not juice, not tea, not milk, not coffee. Not that you can’t drink any of those. (Well, really, I can’t recommend that you drink soda, and juice is pretty full of sugar, but anyway…) If I drink a cup of coffee in the morning, I make sure I drink a couple of glasses of water throughout the morning too. My body is now used to getting enough water, so typically, I can tell when my body needs it. I generally take a few sips every 15 minutes or so. No need to guzzle. Please don’t water log yourself. Just sip on water throughout the day as your body dictates.
Oh, and if your kids get crabby? Before you get frustrated or lose your patience, ask them to take a drink of water. It will probably give them a better attitude. This, I know. I usually stop and take a drink too, for obvious parenting sanity reasons.
Don’t like the taste of water? I’ve got to admit that some city water tastes really disgusting. If that’s the case, fork it out for filtered water. It’s that important. Better yet, make a one time Berkey water filter purchase, and have pure, delicious water all the time, forever.
Do this. It’s as easy as switching to real butter. I love simple changes we can make to improve our health!
How do you do when it comes to drinking water? Love it? Drink plenty? Need to improve?