DRINK MORE WATER
Today kicks of mine and the hubs 21 day fix challenge, and we're SO ready! I used to be amazing at drinking tons of water each day. I honestly drank over 100 oz. daily- easy. After I breastfed my daughter, I nearly stopped drinking water all together. So strange. I've always loved water, even as a child. It's all I drink. For whatever reason, after my daughters birth-- I just stopped craving it. Slowly but surely over the past 3 months I've been getting back into the habit of drinking more water again. It has helped me in so many ways that I can feel the difference in my body.
I have been up to around 50 oz. daily, but I know I can do better. Starting today I am committing to drinking 100 oz. each day. We all know the body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means a good percentage of people spend their days constantly dehydrated to some degree. It affects the performance over the majority of our body. Our body's systems don't function well without proper hydration. Yikes! I wasn't joking when I said drinking more water will change your life. Here's why:
- Drink water or you'll die! Yup, it's that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water - maybe a week at the most. We can live much longer without food.I think we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do...don't you?!?
- There are studies to show it can prevent cancer? Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer, bladder cancer, and possibly reduce breast cancer risks as well.
- Research also says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water. No more negative Nancy's and Cranky Carl's.. LOL, but seriously we could all use a natural happiness boost.
- With proper hydration you can increase your athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue. That's huge!!! Dehydration can lead to a variety of negative consequences in athletes and people who do rigorous activity regularly. Weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance are common issues dehydrated athletes face.
- Drinking more water can help you shed those unwanted pounds. Sometimes when we think we're hungry, we are thirsty. Our body just starts sounding off the alarms when we ignore our urge to hydrate. Staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
- Drinking water is known to reduce pain in your joints because it keeps the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain. It aids in the cartilage’s absorption of water.
- Drinking more water will flush out bacteria in the body. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. As we know, waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat, so if we don't drink water, we don't flush out waste. If it collects in our body it can cause multiple problems. Combined with fiber, water can also cure constipation.
- Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate them.
- More water intake will make you glow! Skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin. Water keeps your skin building new cells properly.
- Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system of nutrients, and when we are dehydrated things just don't flow as well.
I hope this post has inspired you to start drinking more water. It will improve your life in a variety of ways and it's worth a shot. Let me know if you're interested in my many water recipes. They're sure to help you crave and get in that water each day.