Water, Water … Sure ways to drink enough!

Water, water everywhere…but not a drop to drink.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

 
Of course we don’t have that problem.   Water is everywhere…some clean, some dirty, some free flowing, some bottled…so it’s always available here.  There are some places that’s not true, we are lucky for the most part! SO do we use our water with responsibility and for our good? 
 
The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Body composition varies according to gender and fitness level, because fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue. * https://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/How-Much-Of-Your-Body-Is-Water.htm
 
SO then how much water should we drink?  What kind of water?  Does any fluid keep us hydrated? Very good questions, and many doctors, trainers, health coaches answer them differently.  Drink clean water …I choose spring water over tap but if your tap is clean it’s better than none.  Do other fluids hydrate…yes but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dink water as our bodies don’t process things like coffee, tea and juices or “gasp” soda’s the same way.  That means the fluid can’t be used by all parts of our bodies,
 
How do you remember to “always be drinking water”?  Here 3 for sure tips!
 
 
#1 Make it convenient so it becomes a habit.
 Many people find it helpful to get a large water bottle (I recommend 1 liter), fill it in the morning and carry it with you throughout the day, drinking regularly and refilling once (or more) in the afternoon. This has become quite common to see people carrying their water bottles to work, the gym or social events. It’s ok to add some lemon for flavor or infuse other fruits. My favorite is pineapple and strawberries.  Cucumber and Mint is good too. Here’s a couple more:
Citrus Bliss: helps to alkalize the body –  3 lemon slices  2 lime slices (or Use Doterra Essential Oils)  
• Rosemary & Grapefruit: This helps to detoxify the liver while giving you an added boost of vitamin C. –  1 Grapefruit, w/o the rind and – 1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary (or Use Doterra Essential Oils)  
 
#2 Drink half your body weight in water. 
 If you work from home or are in your home much of the day, a good option can be to get a half gallon pitcher, fill it in the morning and drink glasses from it throughout the day. This way you can track when you have drunk the amount you want. A good goal is half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces a day. If you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces a day.
#3 Set a goal each day. 
 Yet another option (and my favorite) is to count how many glasses you drink per day and have a goal number. All of our water glasses at my house are 12 oz. I keep a glass next to my bathroom sink. And I keep a glass in a certain spot in the kitchen that I reuse (to save on dishes!) I try to drink 2 glasses early in the morning and 2 glasses mid morning. When I add the water I drink with meals and when I am at my office I get a good amount. If by dinnertime I have not gotten at least 4 glasses, I just start drinking. 
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Well it’s almost 11AM…time for me to drink up..You go get yours too!


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