Inspiration: Am I Drinking Enough Water?
My Wellness Care Plan: Month One: Water Logged
Water Logged? Funny question to ask someone who lives in the middle of “Whoville”, in the middle of mountains, far far from a beach or a pool. But I’m curious if you have given water consumption much of a thought lately? Do you hear the same voice I hear on a daily basis? “Oh, I need to fill that water bottle up again. Maybe I will just order water for lunch. I could skip my morning coffee and still be nice, right?”
Let’s face it, we as a general population do not drink enough water for our bodies to actually function properly. Did you know that water participates in all the physiological and biochemical processes that are essential to life?
- Your muscles that move your body are 75% water
- Your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water
- Your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water
- Your brain, the control center of your body, is 76% water
- Even your bones are 25% water
You knew it was important to drink water, but now you have the facts as to why. If we do not have an adequate supply of this free-flowing abundance, irregularity, headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, and muscle cramping can settle in. These symptoms can be ignored and coupled as “aches and pains” and not given the attention it is needed. Water is essential, but adequate water is, without a doubt, the most important wellness goal you could ever set for yourself.
What is your water prescription? Its easy! Take your current weight, divide it in half and that is how many ounces you need in one day. Add 8 ounces per hour of moderate exercise. For example: A 160 pound woman would need 80 ounces of water a day. That’s 40 ounces before lunch and 40 after. Or one water bottle on the way to work, one before lunch, one after lunch, and one on the way home. Never wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Your body is actually in a state of mild dehydration.
Many of us start our day with coffee or tea. Moderate amons are actually proven to have improved health benefits, but keep in mind that these beverages, usually containing cafienne, act as diurectics and you loose water. So, a rule of thumb to remember: NEVER count anything you drink other than water your water intake and anything with cafienne should be comlimented with the same amount of water.
If water does not taste good or makes you too cold, warm your water up and add lemon or ginger. Try drinking water when you first wake up when you are most dehydrated and to flush the toxins in your body. Establish a habit of keeping a water bottle at your desk or in your car. Set a timer to remind you to drink.
Your organs need water! The stomach depends on water to help digest food, and lack of water makes it harder for nutrients to be broken down and used as energy. The liver, which dictates where all nutrients go, also needs water to help convert stored fat into usable energy. If you are dehydrated, the kidneys turn to the liver for backup, diminishing the liver’s ability to metabolize stored fat. The resulting reduced blood volume will interfere with your body’s ability to remove toxins and supply your cells with adequate nutrients. If you are looking to weight loss, I bet you just might see a few pounds drop this month!
Whew! There is so much more to say about water, I could go on and on! (Pardon the pun!) Who knew how important water was to our complex, yet beautiful bodies! Drink up water my friends! Let me know how you are doing by placing a comment below! I’d love to know!
Goals for the month:
1. Forget everything you know about nutrition.
2. Drink water!
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