Quench Your Thirst with this New Year’s Resolution
by Silvia Navas
Are you ready to throw your bucket list of New Year’s resolutions out the window for one that is easy yet incredibly powerful? If getting healthy was on your resolution list, drinking more water can certainly have a big impact on your overall health; from improving the complexion by flushing out toxins, boosting the immune system, giving our bodies energy, improving digestion, and keeping joints and muscles lubricated to curbing cravings and supporting weight loss, drinking water can have wonderful health benefits.
We all know we should drink more water, but many of us still have a challenging time drinking enough water every day. In fact, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, forty-three percent of adults drink less than four cups of water a day. As if not drinking enough water wasn’t enough to challenge our body’s ability to survive, we often reach for coffee and sugary drinks which can lead to further dehydration. Symptoms of moderate dehydration may include the feeling of thirst, fatigue, headaches, lethargy, dry skin, muscle cramps and sugary cravings, to name a few.
Our bodies are so amazing that they will adapt to almost any condition but given that human body are made up of 75% water it needs daily replenishment of this vital fluid for every cell, tissue, and organ in our body to function properly.
How much water each person needs to drink will depend on their body size, level of activity and diet, but clearly we can all benefit from drinking a little more water. Here are some ways to help increase your water intake.
1. Spice it up!
Many people say they don’t like the taste of water, “it’s too boring”. You can flavor your water by adding any of the following:
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice or fresh mint leaves
- Sliced strawberries or cucumber to make your very own “spa water”
- Sugar-Free Electrolytes (especially important for those with high activity levels)
- Brew your favorite tea and dilute with more water and keep it in the fridge
- Add a drop or two of Medicine Flower’s fruit essences (super amazing!)
2. Bottle it up
Not having water readily available when needed is another obstacle in getting enough water daily. Make it a point to invest in a reusable water bottle that you love so you will be more incline to carry it with you and have water wherever you go. At home, a pitcher filter can help simplify things. It can easily go in or out of the fridge, depending on your water temperature preference. I keep mine in the fridge during the day for cool water and leave it out at night to have water at room temperature in the morning.
3. Morning Detox
Drinking a glass or two of water upon raising can help jump start your body’s detoxification process by giving your body much needed water to rehydrate and carry out its detox process of eliminating waste and toxins after a night of fasting. I find that I can easily drink 1-2 glass of water first thing in the morning because my body needs it and it’s ready for it.
4. Water with intention
In the same way that you would lovingly water a house plant when it’s dry to nurture it back to health, your body too, needs to be tended to in the same loving and caring manner. Be mindful and thankful of what each drink of water can do for your body and how much better your body will feel when properly hydrated. Your body will thank you!
5. Go with the flow
According to Chinese medicine drinking water increases Yin, making the body more light & airy, allowing energy to flow and expand through the whole system. If you are too Yang, tight, contracted and tense, drinking water can help our body relax with a bit more ease.
To your health, Cheers!