Water Wednesday – Build Your Habit!

The truth is no, I didn’t always enjoy water and I definitely didn’t drink enough.

And yeah, it was definitely a slightly challenging habit to get into because I mean, compared to the millions of drinks out there with ‘flavor’, why would I choose water?

BUT… with an open mind, I started staying consistent and allowing my body (and mind, and spirit…) to reap and feel the benefits of being hydrated, and I won’t sit here and list the multitude of benefits, but they are plentiful!

And then it became easier… I found myself craving water. I went from never having water with me to basically always having it with me.

Not all habits come easy – and many never get easier. But you were made to do hard things – the payoff is worth it when it comes to the health and wellness of your body, mind and spirit.

Now go hydrate – start your habit! 😊

Thirsty Thursday – Good Old H20!

Oftentimes, in my groups or in conversation, I am asked what’s my favorite tip, or what piece could I not do this journey without, and truthfully, while I have learned a LOT of different key components, my number one has not changed – DRINK YOUR WATER!!! For such an easy, accessible component, it packs SUCH a punch in your journey to wellness!

Did you know that water makes up almost 85% of your brain, about 80% of your blood and an average 50% of your lean muscle? Water helps eliminate toxins from the body, is essential for proper digestion and nutrient absorption, and basically plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function, which is all the more reason to ensure you get your h20 in!

Aim for half your body weight in ounces – you can do it! The effects on your body are SO worth getting into the habit!

drink-your-water-you

Thirsty Thursday – Hint Water

My upline coach gifted me a bunch of stuff for Summit in a goodie bag, and this included a couple of bottles of Hint water, which I had never tried before. I love plain water so I almost never drink flavored water, but it is true that every once in a while some flavor is nice!

My opinion: it was good! Very subtle, just a hint; so aptly named. Bonus is, before drinking it, I went to the website (I like to do my research in order to validate my thoughts and opinions on this blog), and it’s dubbed “well-suited for Diabetics”, because its 99.9% water. Perfect for those days you just want a hint of flavor.

It uses the essence of fruit, no sweeteners or sugars. My kinda drink!

Hint Pic for Thirsty Thursday

They have several flavors – I tried Green Apple and Blackberry, and I liked them both.

Have you tried Hint water before? Do you like it? What’s your favorite flavor?

Thirsty Thursday – Drink Your Water

For people with Diabetes, the risk of dehydration is greater, because higher than normal blood glucose depletes fluids. To get rid of the glucose, the kidneys will try to pass it out in the urine, but that takes water. So the higher your blood glucose, the more fluids you should drink, which is why thirst is one of the main symptoms of Diabetes.

drink your water

Water is, according to Diabetes specialists, important for everybody, but especially for Diabetes patients, because even a small decrease of the hydration level could cause serious health problems for Diabetics. One of the best warning signs that glucose levels are high is thirst. And, water is the best way to quench that thirst, and to break down those sugars. Also, in order to keep the body functioning normally, water should be a constant. But, water can be lost through exercise and normal exposure to high temps. With that, being hydrated will help prevent fatigue and help physical performance.

Me personally, I do very well with getting plenty of water into my system every day. I have a favorite water jug that you will almost always find at my side. The “rule” I follow is to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. For me that is 58 ounces a day, and I surpass that. I typically drink 4 or 5 containers worth of water, and my container is 24 ounces.

How much water do you drink on average?

Wednesday Wisdom – Drinking Water At The Correct Time

Water… I talk about it a lot because it has been one of the simplest, yet most valuable tools, for me. I know, I am considered the exception, not the rule, in how much I enjoy water, but I feel like it is something a person could learn to love, if they give it time to show how beneficial it is.

drinking water at the correct time

And to maximize the benefits of water, drink it at specific times, such as when you wake up, and before you go to bed!

It is these little things that can truly have a huge impact on your health, so really try to stick with it!

Tip Tuesday – Eat Your Water

Are you sick of hearing me talk about the importance of getting enough water yet? I apologize if so, but I just know the power water has to transform your health and your life – it’s truly one of the simplest yet most effective changes you can make.

Some people aren’t a fan of drinking it, even infused, so here are some actual food options to help you still get your water in and hydrate.Eat your Water

See, who knew some stuff had so much water content? There are many others too – if you would like some more ideas, reach out! There are plenty of ways to get your h20 ounces in, but you have to find something that works for you. I promise, its worth it. It’s such a simple tool but also SO effective!

Give it a try! 🙂

Try It Thursday – Infused Water

Do you like water? You probably know by now that I LOVE water, and getting enough water is one of my strengths. But I know I am the exception in this, not the rule. I could sit here and preach the benefits of water to you, of which there are far too many to count. or I could help you find a way to learn to love water, or at least enjoy it enough to get a respectable amount. So guess what option I am going to choose? That’s right – find ways for you to love water!

Right off the bat, I am going to tell you that all those commercial “flavor drops” you see are not the answer. Sure, they probably infuse a ton of flavor, but, they are also loaded with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added vitamins/minerals, artificial colorings (Red 40, Blue 1 etc), sodium, sucralose, sucrose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, and refined sugar (the horror!). Which means they go against everything we are trying to accomplish. So there is no need to go stock up on these.

The simplest way to infuse your water is… to make your own! It’s simple, promise!Water Infusions

There are so many combinations you can try. I always suggest to start with things you love, which will automatically inspire you to drink more water. Are you crazy for cucumber? Toss some cucumber in a jug, take a muddler (or a wooden spoon) to help break down the cucumber, and add water. You can stick it in the fridge so it cools and infuses, or you can drink it immediately.

Same goes for most other fruits and veggies. Simply smash it up a bit, put water in, and let the two marry. This gives you the flavor without all of the added calories, since this is an infusion, not a juice.

You can toss in herbs, and spices…. play around a bit, find some different combinations that taste good. There is no wrong combination here, just as long as you are getting half of your body weight in ounces of water!

Do you drink plenty of water? Do you have any tips to help you get your daily intake?

 

Thirsty Thursday – Good Old H20!

I know, you hear it everywhere.. “drink more water” … “water is good for you!”… and you should, because it is! Water is hands down the most effective tool you can have, in my opinion. And it’s FREE! (You might need a filter system,  but thats a very worthwhile investment!)

This is just a small snippet of why h20 is so beneficial… the actual running list is much, much longer.

benefits of staying hydrated

A hydrated body is a happy body, especially in the warmer summer months when we are sweating more often! It is very important to stay hydrated, and replenish your body. I understand that some people don’t like the taste of water, but there are tons of options to make it tastier. If you need some ideas, let me know and I will type up a blog post!

Water is one of the areas I am very strong – I enjoy the taste, and nothing beats cool water. Like I have said, my trusty water container is almost always with me, and I refill it often. If it is recommended that you drink half of your body weight in ounces, and I average around 100 ounces a day, at 114 pounds… I think you can see where I am going with this. But the truth is, it’s really such a simple, yet powerful tool. I have noticed that the rare time I don’t drink enough water, I am irritable and cranky.

Stay hydrated this summer! 🙂