We all know the importance of water to our bodies. Water has remarkable healing capabilities and is necessary for virtually every bodily function including circulation, digestion, absorption, and the elimination of toxins. Water is great for the skin (and ultimately it’s ability to accept makeup). It’s no big surprise that water is KING and the healthiest drink for you.
On an average day, your body loses about 10 cups of water through various bodily functions including perspiration. Therefore it is recommended that everyone should consume at least 6 – 8 cups of pure water a day. Most tap water is loaded with toxins so drinking pure water is crucial (purified, filtered, spring or distilled water). If you’re active, add a few more cups. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. If you drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol, which are very dehydrating, add two glasses of water for every cup of caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink. Make sure you are drinking enough liquids to keep your systems running smoothly! Not drinking enough water can dehydrate the intestines and ultimately the skin! If you want more information about water read THE DETOX SOLUTION by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald. There are a ton of books that discuss the benefits of water to your body. Pick one up, they are quite eye-opening.
I often ask my clients to increase their water intake. The response to my request is always “I know I should and it’s so hard!” I sympathize with my clients because I share in the same struggle. I KNOW my request is easier said than done! It is daunting to look at a giant jug without fears if endless trips to the restroom and a Chapstick laden rim.
Here are a few tricks that help increase water intake:
Make it easier to sip water all day by setting a full glass on your desk or counter each morning – Select a glass that is appealing to you, and refill it during breaks or after emptying it.
Designate spots around your kitchen counter or desk that correlate to the number of glasses you have had. For example:
Glass 1- edge of counter
Glass 2- to the right of glad one
Glass 3- stage left of counter and of glass 2
Glass4- center of stove-top
Glass 5- stage right of stove on counter
Glass 6 – center of counter top stage right of stove
Glass 7 – edge of counter top stage right of stove
Glass 8 – near the coffee maker
With this method I always know how many glasses I have had. I don’t need to think about it or write it down. The placement of the glass tells me how much I have consumed.
It is important to sip, not CHUG, the water. If you chug the water, your body won’t have time to absorb it and you will notice frequent trips to the bathroom and constant pressure on your bladder. Sipping water affords more efficient absorption and less stress on the system. Initially, you will notice more frequent urination. As your body adjusts to its new level of hydration, the water will be absorbed more efficiently into the tissues and you will have a healthy number of trips to the restroom.
When beginning the process of increasing water intake, a common situation is not getting the full amount for the day. Don’t try to get it all in at the last minute. Your sleepy time will be spent cursing water as you shuffle to the bathroom. To avoid this, start the process of drinking water as soon as you wake up. Have a full glass of water upon arising (make that a cup of hot water with lemon and you’ll be cleansing your liver too, yay!), another one before breakfast and another one before leaving for work. This habit will make it easier to increase you intake.
I find this method easy and effective; I can do this anywhere. If my method doesn’t work for you, figure something that works for YOU. I would love to hear your opinions. Feel free to connect with me on my Facebook page by leaving a comment about how you intake enough water throughout the day.
In conclusion, when your body is hydrated more efficiently, drinking enough water becomes second nature. The benefits are tremendous! Just remember: Consistency breeds habit.