This is the final installment of the 5-part series, Get FRESH, about how to slow the negative changes in our health. FRESH stands for Forget the junk food, Relish today, Exercise, Sleep, and Hydrate. Be sure to check out the Free Resources page for some resources to help you Get FRESH.
Water. A necessity of life. One can live several weeks and maybe even months without food but only a few days without water.
Our bodies are made up of up to 70% water so making sure we get enough of the liquid is very important. Water is in every cell and organ in our bodies including the heart, lungs, and brain.
Water helps keep our body functioning properly by flushing toxins in our sweat and urine, lubricating joints, regulating body temperature through sweat and maintaining blood pressure. Water can also help us look younger by keeping cells plump and skin from looking dry.
As we go through the season of changing ages (growing older), drinking more water can help in the battle to lose weight or keep slim. When you drink a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal, you will have a feeling of full while you are eating, thus eat less. We can confuse the signal for thirst as a signal for hunger. So, if you feel hunger pangs, go drink a glass of water. If you are still hungry after the water consumption, then eat a bite; not junk food, of course.
How much water do I need?
Some experts say drink when you get thirsty. Most of what I have read says if you wait until then, that is when your body is beginning to get dehydrated. Remember, one can confuse the feeling of thirst for the feeling of hunger.
Others say you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 140 lbs. (I wish) you should drink 70 oz. or 9 cups of water. Of course, you might feel waterlogged if you are a little overweight.
I like somewhere between 8 and 10 glasses a day. Some days I get more, some days less.
How to drink more water
- If you are not too keen on the taste of water and don’t want to buy bottles of water, try infusing it with fresh fruit. You can slice up lemons, cucumbers or strawberries. Or buy a bottle with an infuser in it like this.
- Create a water schedule; drink two glasses when you wake up and a glass every 3 hours. You can set an alarm on your phone.
- My personal favorite is after the two glasses first thing in the morning, I fill a quart sized jar with water and drink it throughout the morning. I fill it up once more, and I have 10 glasses total for the day.
- You can also do a reward system. After your first 4 glasses then you can have a tea or soda. Just make sure that you drink the water first!
- I would suggest you get your water quota before 8 pm. Otherwise, you will be interrupting your sleep with trips to the bathroom.
- You will go to the bathroom more frequently. It’s your body’s initial reaction to more water intake. Don’t worry, it will calm down after a week or so.
Be looking for a bonus post in the near future that will help with your new habits; a habit tracker!
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