A Healthy Change

Water. A healthy change.

Getting Started

It’s time. It’s time for you to make a healthy change…a beginning of your journey to a healthier future. When you start making changes that can start improving your health, simply feeling better can be motivation enough to continue. Sometimes your example can even be inspiring to others. Can you imagine how you would feel a year from now, if you start making healthier choices today? How would you feel if you had a positive impact on those around you because of your healthier choices?

Once you’ve decided you want to start making changes, then what? What do you want to change first? I’m thinking why don’t you start with something simple. You know…Why don’t you grab a glass of water, and let’s think about this? Hey…how about starting with…

Water

There are many experts that consistently guide us to drink approximately 1/2 of our body weight in ounces of fresh, clean water gradually throughout each day. So if you weigh 140 pounds, that would be 70 ounces of water. If you weigh 180 pounds, that’s 90 ounces. So how much water have you drunk today, including that glass that you’re drinking now? How much, on average, would you guess that you’ve drunk each day this past week?

Not drinking enough? That’s okay. What about starting to drink more water today? Unless your doctor has advised you otherwise, can you add just one 16 ounce glass of water today? If you continued drinking that one additional 16 ounces of water everyday this week, you are well on your way to a new “norm”. Once you’re comfortable with that, what about continuing to increase the amount of clean, refreshing water until you reach that 1/2 your weight in ounces suggestion?

Benefits

Drinking clean water aids almost all body functions including:wp_20160924_017

  • skin health
  • nose, eyes, and mouth moisturization
  • joint lubrication
  • brain function
  • body temperature management
  • blood flow
  • digestion and waste elimination
  • water retention and weight management

In Dr. Kelly Brogan’s book, A Mind of Your Own, she advises those that are working to improve their mental and overall health to get adequate hydration for proper cellular and energy function. Authors Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN in their book, the Elimination Diet, remind us that every cell in our body “functions better when it is well hydrated – you have more energy, better detoxification, and improved digestion when your cells have enough water in them.” In Dr. Peter Osborne’s book, No Grain No Pain, he advises that “being dehydrated can contribute to pain in the form of chronic muscle spasms; it also makes your blood thicker. Both leave you more prone to inflammation and can interfere with healing”. That’s just 3 resources. I have more books, but I think you get the picture.

When picking the water you’ll be drinking, may I suggest you consider your source. Some can include toxins that need to be avoided, so many people opt for bottled water from reputable sources or pick a filtering system. Segersten and Malterre recommend “purified water”, and for his water options Dr. Osborne recommends filtered, mineral, and/or sparkling and unflavored seltzer without sodium benzoate in his list of “Acceptable Beverages”.

I also just want to throw in that water is budget-friendly. Can you imagine the savings you’ll experience by incorporating this one change when you eat away from home, and what about if you end up eventually replacing what you’ve been drinking at home too with water. Wow. That might add up to a nice chunk of change.

On an added note, have you ever tried infused water? While writing this post, I finished my glass of water and decided to enjoy an 8 ounce glass of water infused with a good squeeze of lime and one sliced strawberry with just a touch of stevia. It was so tasty. You can actually see my refilled glass above.

I hope you take me up on the suggestion to add one 16 ounce glass of water each day starting today. Water is definitely a healthy change that’s easy to incorporate and loaded with healthy benefits.

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