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The Wonders of Water

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Water is essential to our overall health and wellbeing. Based on his Dr. A’s Habits of Health book, Dr. Wayne Andersen calls for about 64-ounces of water consumption per day.

This may seem like a lot so we wanted to highlight some specific benefits of water to ensure you that it is essential when seeking Optimal Wellbeing.

  • Water can help control calories. This all-natural, calorie-free beverage is an essential component of a healthy metabolism. In addition, water may reduce hunger by filling you up if consumed prior to meals.
  • Water keeps skin looking fresh and vibrant. Water moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. It’s a great anti-aging treatment.
  • Water increases energy and reduces fatigue. Staying properly hydrated can help you focus, concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, water will also boost your energy levels!

If you think you need to be drinking more water, here are some tips to increase your intake:

  1. Have water with every snack and meal.
  2. Eat vegetables with a higher water concentration, such as cucumbers and celery.
  3. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.

Join me this Wednesday, April 11th for our Habits of Health call to learn more.  As a community, I'm here to support you as we all achieve lifelong transformation, one healthy habit at a time™.

Rockstare Food That Help You Stay Hydrated

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Food and hydration in every taste bite!

Whether it’s flushing the body of unwanted toxins, regulating body temperatures, or transporting nutrients to cells, water is a rock star when it comes to our health*. In addition to drinking water, foods can also fulfill some of your daily water needs. Here are some hard-working, hydrating foods according to health.com that can help contribute to your hydration:

  • Cucumbers. Cukes have a water content of 95.6% - the highest water content of any solid food. They are the perfect example of looking for opportunities to “eat your water”! With fiber and Vitamin C in every bite, cucumbers offer nutritional benefits as well.

  • Celery. At 95.4% water content, celery is another crunchy and satisfying veggie that will improve your daily water intake. What’s more, with just six calories per stalk, celery’s fiber and high water content work together to fill you up and curb your appetite.
  • Radishes. Full of Vitamin C, radishes boast a water content of 95.3%. In addition to water content, they’re a great source of catechin, an antioxidant that can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage.
  • Tomatoes. With a water content of 94.5%, tomatoes are an excellent hydrating vegetable. In addition to tasting good, they’re particularly good for you, providing a wide quantity of nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium, folate and Vitamin K.
  • Cauliflower. These white florets are another rock star with a whopping 92.1% water content. Along with enjoyable crunch, this veggie is packed with vitamins and phytonutrients that provide nutritional benefits like strengthening bones and boosting the cardiovascular system.

Be sure to take advantage of the important benefits that hydrating foods play in a healthy diet. They not only replenish your fluids, they deliver other body benefits too!

Drink Up! The Wonders of Water

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So, really, what’s the big deal about drinking water? If you don’t drink water, you will die! It’s that important. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we could increase the consumption of water and make it a higher priority. Did you know that it prevents cancer? Yup, that’s right. Various research shows that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer, bladder cancer, and possibly, breast cancer, as well. Need an attitude adjustment? Drink more water! Research, also shows that dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Be happy and drink your water!

Also, you should be drinking around 64 oz. of water, and if you are unsure of how much water is okay to drink while on certain medications, please check with your doctor.

Water plays a key role in supporting health during weight loss and on into maintenance! This is a habit we want to keep FOREVER! It helps remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. Being well-hydrated helps all your organs and systems function properly. In fact, every function in your body takes place in water!!

DID YOU KNOW? That 60% of the hunger most people feel is really dehydration? Wow, that fact blew me away! So by drinking enough water, you will dramatically reduce those hunger pains that have been tricking you to eat more.

Benefits of water:

  • Maintain proper muscle tone
  • Prevent sagging skin
  • Relieve constipation
  • Improves endocrine (hormone) function
  • Increases metabolic function
  • Decreases appetite
  • Increases fat used for energy
  • Liver function improves
  • Decreases fluid retention
  • Increases natural thirst

Signs of dehydration:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Little or no urination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

Have you ever experienced some of the above symptoms and thought that you needed to eat? I have!

Here are some tips I share with my clients about consuming enough water each day:

Guzzling 30 ounces right when you wake up. At first it might be hard, but your body will get used to it.

Then throughout the day spread out your consumption. Try to pick three or four times a day when you can have a big glass of water, and then sip in between.

Don't let yourself get thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you are already becoming dehydrated. Drink when you're not thirsty yet.

Do you struggle with water consumption?