Water: Nature’s gift!

9 Sep

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I’m sure you’ve all heard that you need 8 glasses of water a day. For some it may seem like a huge task to keep filling up with water and making endless trips to the bathroom (especially for us girls). However, water is the key ingredient for health and beauty. Without water our bodies will stop working properly and start showing severe signs of dehydration.

Up until the last couple of years I had no idea what a toll I have taken on my own body by not getting enough water. In fact, I had to go to the hospital for dehydration. I was dizzy, severely nauseous and running a high fever. Given, this was in the hottest days of summer! However it really doesn’t take much to dehydrate your body. According to biologists, a healthy adult can lose about 2.5 liters a day! Our lungs expel about 2-4 cups, another 2-4 cups from perspiration and on top of that about 6 cups from urinating. (webmd.com)

In the last couple of year’s I have lost alot of weight. Just by filling up with water! Every meal has consisted with drinking a bottle of water before the meal, and that alone has saved my caloric intake from being too high. I understand that just drinking water can become challenging at times, so I’ve created a list of ways to make it easier.

Tips on how to make drinking water easier:

-Have a bottle of water with you at all times. Make it accessible! If lugging in a case of bottled water into the house all the time is time consuming. Keep one in your house and one in your trunk. That way you have no excuses!

-Even better, keep a pitcher of filtered water in your refrigerator with at least a liter and a half of water to remind you to finish, and keep drinking it! A visual reminder is always the best way to go!

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-Jazz up your water! Put a lemon, lime, strawberry, mint, cucumber, On-the-go packets of light Crystal Light, or drink it with de-caffeinated tea. (Caffeine and alcohol are natural diuretics and can make you lose the water you’ve been trying to keep!)

-Drink from your favorite wine glass or prettiest glasses (that way it’ll become a fun ritual)

-When it’s cold outside, drink warm water! You can put lemon in it to soothe your throat as well.

-Have a water bottle in your hand and drink it often! It will soon become second nature to you. Just as food or smoking to some people have become a social comfort, your water can too. (Plus, it’s much healthier)

Don’t be afraid of becoming bloated with water. Within the first few days it’ll be normal, after that you should start to notice your body will adjust. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it holds onto it. When you start drinking enough every day, your body will know to get rid of it.

How do you know when you aren’t getting enough water?

-Thirsty

-Tired or sluggish

-Dry skin

-Dark urine or constipation

-Dry mouth

-Dizziness

How can water help your beauty?

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-If you have dry skin, drinking a lot of water can help your body from having overactive oil glands. Meaning your body will cut down on producing oil and it’ll help your from breaking out with acne.

-Your skin will become more hydrated, less dry

-You can cut back on your caloric intake by drinking more water, resulting in losing weight

-Water helps your hair stay silky and shiny

-When your skin is too dry, it’s elasticity is at risk. By not having supple skin, you can produce wrinkles at a faster rate. This is why moisturizers with SPF are very important as well

Cheer’s to one of life’s simple pleasures!

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4 Responses to “Water: Nature’s gift!”

  1. Monica September 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    “Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi quotes
    Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1893-1986

  2. Parasto September 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Wow! So much informative facts about H2O! I had NO idea how important water was until now. I thought drinking 2-3 bottles of water a day was enough and I was struggling with trying to down the last bottle. My mom has a gallon sized, water filter in the frig and we BOTH share that. I should tell her to get a second one, one for each of us! I like the fruit idea, very creative and fun too! I love the water they serve at restaurants where they had slices of cucumber and lemon, tastes phenomenal (sp?). I have the single crystal light packages but I haven’t even opened the box, I guess laziness has creeped up on me 🙂 I am definitely going to be more conscious of my water intake and make it a point to drink water before, during and after every meal. Water does make me full, maybe I should chug a water bottle before dinner too! Great ideas Allison, thanks for the tips!

  3. Sean Armstrong September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Aquafina…juss sayin

  4. sara September 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I try to drink at 8 cups of water a day, but that doesn’t always work out for me. These tips are great, hopefully they will help me to get at least 8 cups down a day!

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