Have you noticed how kids are always thirsty? I think one of the biggest health challenges I have as I age is drinking enough water. I’m just not as thirsty as I need to be for the amount I know I need to drink. And a conversation this week was a big reminder that I’m not alone. For him, for me, for all of us who need to continually be mindful of how fundamental water is, I think you’ll be interested.
I’ve also included the video and a writeup to one of the most amazing, intriquing and favorite of favorite books — also about water and the life it creates.
If you didn’t have a chance to read my newsletter from a couple of weeks ago about the dangers and toxins in bottled water, please CLICK HERE”
Maybe we don’t need bottled water, but we DO need water! Even more so as we age.
One of my mom’s favorite cousins was an OB-GYN and she often quoted him saying: “If our senior citizens, especially women, would drink enough water and make sure their bladders are fully emptied, several times a day, they would be surprised at how much better their bodies would function.”
The problem is that drinking water means we have to get up and get to the bathroom, which is sometimes seen as an annoyance.
But there’s nothing more important than drinking enough water! I hope you’ll take the time to consider finding these books at the library or Amazon. Both by the same author, if you haven’t seen the “Hidden Messages” books, get ready to be thrilled!
Don’t miss how inspiring these photos and the concept for better health is!
If that seems odd or weird, the author has traveled the world lecturing and sharing his photos as proof that it’s all very real!I have personally bought and shared the “Hidden Messages” book many times to give away as it is just so cool!
His concluding point, that he develops more fully in the “Healing” book is that our bodies are 90% water! It is critical to our health and overall well-being. These are fascinating books that I highly recommend.
What do you use to track your water? I have an app on my phone called i-hydrate that I can set an alarm for. Why? BECAUSE ….
1. If you don’t drink water, you will die. It’s that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water – maybe a week. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do.
2. Prevent cancer. Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%,, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.
3. Be less cranky. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused.3 Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
4. Perform better. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes75% of our muscle tissue!4 Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
5. Lose weight. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
6. Have less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
7. Flush out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also combined with fiber, water can cure constipation.
8. Prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
9. Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do it’s job ofr egulating the body’s temperature through sweating.2
10. Feed your body. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.
Quick rules of thumb for drinking water:
* Drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water (if you weight 160 lbs, drink 80oz of water each day).
* Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking.
* Eat raw fruits and vegetables – they are dense in water. You can get water from food, not just from beverages.
* Drink water and other fluids until you urinate frequently and with light color.