Did you know that there was a day when I didn’t drink water?
I can’t even imagine that now!
Growing up, we drank sweet tea (my mom is southern) and coke or coke products a lot. The sugar in these drinks kept my skin breaking out with eczema. I don’t remember a time when my body was completely free of eczema before I changed my diet. But that is for another post.
It wasn’t until I was grown, married, and had kids that we switched to making water the norm and sweet tea and coke the exception. But we did it, we made the switch, and I don’t remember the last time I had a coke.
Through the years, I have educated myself, gotten healthy, and learned that proper hydration affects cellular function, hormonal balance, digestion, gut health, and our body's ability to lose fat. So who wouldn’t want to make sure their family was drinking enough water with these benefits?
If water is so good for us, why do we have such a hard time drinking water?
That is a good question to ask yourself.
This is also why I do water challenges throughout the year: we all need to start and be accountable to stick with it.
A great way to start drinking more water is to drink an 8 oz glass first thing in the morning. And to make it a really healthy drink, squeeze ½ a lemon or a few lemon essential oil drops in the water. Lemon helps to detox the body.
Studies show that 75% of people do not drink enough water and walk around dehydrated. No wonder we feel sluggish.
The Effects of Dehydration:
Slows down our metabolism and makes it hard to lose fat.
Causes ongoing digestive problems.
Causes bloating and water retention (yes, our bodies will hold onto water when it is not getting enough water.)
Can cause brain fog, headaches, depression, and inability to focus.
Can affect our blood pressure or create a sudden drop in blood pressure.
Can cause muscle weakness.
Can cause dry skin, urinary tract infection, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, premature aging (wrinkles), and high cholesterol.
As you can see, WATER IS IMPORTANT for our bodies and health. You can live for a while without food, but you cannot live without water.
So how much water should we drink? A good place to start is half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 100 lbs, you would drink 50 ounces daily.
But this is just a starting point because every person is different. So many things affect if you should be drinking more water.
Do you drink coffee or caffeinated drinks?
How much do you sweat?
What kind of medications are you taking?
Do you work inside or outside?
So another way to gauge if you are getting enough water for your body is to look at your pee. Your urine should be close to clear in color. If it is a bright yellow, you need to drink more water.
But the most important question is, how are you feeling?
Here are two other articles I have written about water.
So stop what you are doing and grab some water.
Here’s to your health!!!