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Six Reasons to Get Your Water On

Just as our planet is made up of 71% water, our body composition is made up of about 65% water. Unlike our planet, however, our body does not store water, as it is required for every cell function, like moving nutrients, hormones, antibodies and oxygen through our system.

It is estimated that our body loses 12 cups of water each day, even if we are not exercising, when we would tend to lose more. For this reason alone, it is an important habit of health to make sure we keep well hydrated every day.

There are a host of other reasons why drinking water is important to our health and wellbeing. But how much is enough? Ideally, we should drink the equivalent of half our body weight in ounces of water each day. So someone weighing 150 pounds should have roughly 75 ounces of water daily.

Given the obesity epidemic in the United States, it can be discouraging to think about drinking (for many) upward of 100 ounces of water daily.

This can be a daunting prospect for Americans, as we are only consuming on average 39 ounces daily, which means that so many Americans are at a 41% greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

There are other important reasons for replacing the 12 cups of water we lose every day, including:

  • Staying hydrated minimizes or eliminates fatigue/lack of energy
  • Minimizes or eliminates headaches and fuzzy thinking
  • Digestive problems are known to improve
  • There is a reduced risk for certain cancers: colon cancer risk reduced by 45%; bladder cancer reduced by 50%;
  • Keeps us from overeating
  • Speeds up our metabolism. Studies show drinking two 8-ounce glasses of cold water increased metabolic rate by 30% for 90 minutes

It does not have to be an overwhelming process, however. Looking for ways to increase water intake? One great way is to increase over time. If you are not getting your minimum requirement in, try adding glass or two to your daily intake, building to your minimum requirement.

The great thing is, knowing that water facilitates weight loss, our water requirement naturally decreases as our weight goes down.

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What else can we do? Try substituting water for other choices (soda, tea, coffee). Don’t care for the “taste”? Here are a few natural ways to jazz up the flavor:

The Classic: Lemon Cucumber

In 10 cups of water add:

1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf

1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

The Granite : Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime

In 10 cups of water add:

6 strawberries (sliced) OR 10 raspberries

1 thinly sliced lime

12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

The Digestive : Fennel/citrus

Infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 5 ounces of boiling water for 5–10 minutes. Allow to cool.

In 10 cups of water add:

Juice of one lemon (put the leftover lemon in the mix)

1 small thinly sliced orange

12 fresh chopped mint leaves

Infused fennel water. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

The AntiOX : Blackberry/Sage

Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.

In 10 cups of water add

1 cup slightly crushed blackberries

3–4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

WATERmelon : Watermelon/Rosemary

In 10 cups of water add:

1 cubed watermelon

2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

The Exotic : Pineapple/Mint

In 10 cups of water add:

1 cup cubed pineapple

12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

The Traditional : Apple/Cinnamon

In 10 cups of water add:

1 cup cubed apple

2 cinnamon sticks

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

The Zingibir : Ginger/tea

Infuse 1 teaspoon ginger in two cups of hot tea. Allow to cool

In 10 cups of water add:

The infused ginger tea

4–5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Try them and hone in on the one (or ones) that help in getting your water on!

Certified Health Coach and freelance writer, striving to do what really matters in life…one day at a time.

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