Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Benefits of Drinking Water

Water can do what??

Well, here we are on another step of our journey and guess what it brings us to?? Can you guess?..
Water!

I know what you're saying.. I don't like to drink so much water.. but guess what? What if I told you that simply drinking enough water can:
Help keep you looking young
Help your memory
Help with joint and arthritis pain
Help you loose weight
and so much more.

Would you consider drinking a glass if you could remember things better or have youthful looking skin? I know I am! I want to think and remember things better and I don't want so many wrinkles and I don't want my joints hurting all the time and I do want to loose weight!

So, let's talk about water then.
Water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies and is considered a miracle cure for many health conditions. Water is the single most important nutrient and it's involved in every function of our bodies. We can live five to seven weeks without food, but we, on average, can last no more than five to seven days without water. Seems like that's a pretty important factor here.

Our bodies are about 70% water. Your muscles are about 75% water. Your brain cells are about 85% water. Your blood is about 82% water and your bones are about 25% water. Now, if our bodies are comprised of so much water what do you think happens when we DO NOT drink enough water? Right.. we become dehydrated. Our brain function slows down, our skin begins to sag and wrinkles, our joints hurt and we have more health problems than I can even write here. And seeing I am not a doctor, I will not even try.

When we don't drink enough water our bodies begin to ration it. It draws water from other parts of our body to keep our brain, heart, lung, liver and kidneys functioning. Without it, you can see how other parts of our body suffer and when we don't have it, all our other functions suffer even more. Our bowels begin to shut down. And that there in itself can cause major problems in our body. Such as building up of toxins and we become sluggish and sick. So see, it's very important for us to have enough water every day.

Bottled, Tap or Filtered Water?
Well, seeing how we have so many different chemical’s running off into our ground water, and water companies put so much chemicals, fluoride and chlorine in our water.. in my opinion, they are not a safe source of water. And what many people don't know but bottled water companies are actually less regulated than tap water and can be just as toxic. Bottled water is considered to be a food, so it's regulated by the FDA. Tap water is regulated by the EPA. If you can, and there are many options out there, I would suggest a filter on your water. Now, even then you are still not getting everything. If you can get a complete filter system for your house that does much more, then great. But if you can't, then use filters on your sink or pitchers you can put in the fridge.With Shaklee we do offer Best Water Filter Systems. (See below for link)

When Should I Drink Water?
Most times we drink water when we get thirsty for it. But by then our bodies can be dehydrated. So we need to get on a schedule or close to it. Start with 8 to 16 oz. Of water when you first get up. Your body needs this after resting and rebuilding at night to hydrate us and get us going in the mornings. Then 2 hours later drink another 8 to 16 ounces. Repeat this schedule before each meal and then 2 hours later. Then drink 8 ounces before bed time unless you have problems with acid reflux, hiatal hernia or enlarged prostate.

How much water?
General rule of thumb is take your body weight, divide that in half and that's how much water in ounces you should be drinking each day. Say you weigh 120 lbs. 120 divided by 2 is 60. So at least 60 ounces of water each day. That would be 8 ounces of water 7 times a day.

Can one drink to much water?
Yes, drinking to much water every day can cause your potassium and electrolyte levels to become to low. So you want to balance your water that you drink each day. If it's hot summer and you are outside most of the time, yes, you'll want to add more because your body will be sweating out fluids. But if you stick to your figures as mentioned above, you will be fine.
 
Water can do what?
As we begin to get on a normal schedule of drinking water we will begin to notice changes. When our bodies are hydrated our skin will become supple again, our joints will begin to move freely, our brains become hydrated and memory function improves. Because your body is hydrated, you may not feel so hungry as you once did. Your body temperature will become normal. It helps cells in the body and helps remove toxins

But you may say.. I hate water, well with what we have went over today, you should take a different view on the matter and consider all the healthy benefits of adding more water to your daily routine.

Here is a suggestion on getting started. Set your water cup in front of your coffee pot, so when you go to get the water for your coffee, fill your cup up first and while your coffee is brewing, drink your cup of water. That will help you get started. And make yourself a little schedule and stick on your fridge to remind yourself. Set up reminders on your phone to Drink Water!

It's these steps we take each day that help us on our journey. So this week, work on getting the water you need and watch your body change and feel better.

Blessings,
Patty

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