SIP THAT H2O
Drink Plenty of Water
With summer now upon us, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about the importance of adequate water intake and share some tips on how to ensure you are drinking enough (water, I mean drinking enough water…).
Benefits of Optimal Water Intake
Besides the importance of essential nutrients from food, you have to consider the impact of water consumption.
Oftentimes, dehydration is the cause of perceived exhaustion, fatigue, brain fog, and headaches, without you even realizing it.
If you consume optimal amounts of water each and every day, you will be able to:
1. Prevent headaches
2. Nurture bodily processes
3. Improve skin health
4. Optimize athletic performance
5. Help your joints lubricate better
Optimal water consumption depends on many individual factors, as well as the environment you‘re in (i.e if it‘s hotter, you‘ll need more water).
A general rule of thumb, however, is to never reach excessive thirst, as this is the first sign of dehydration
Carry a small bottle and develop the habit of having a couple of sips every now and then.
The best way to know if you‘re well-hydrated is to monitor the color of your urine - If it‘s light and almost transparent, you‘re good to go. If it‘s yellow, it is likely that you are dehydrated.
Consider it a bonus that quality water is easily accessible and use that as a tool to give the body what it needs!
Affirmations to help me reach my water intake goals:
I drink plenty of water to keep my body healthy.
As soon as I rise each morning, I pour a tall glass of water for myself to start the day. My goal is to drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
I drink a glass of water before every meal to get one glass closer to my goal and to help keep me from over eating.
Throughout the day, I take breaks specifically to rehydrate my body. Drinking sufficient amounts of water is essential to my productivity. My body’s level of energy is directly related to the amount of water I drink.
Drinking water prevents me from becoming lethargic and slow. The more water I drink, the better my body feels, enabling me to be more efficient at my work. If my body is healthy, I am able to focus and give my best performance.
Making time to drink water is easy for me because I understand the benefits of water. I also understand the harmful effects of dehydration on my body.
From my brain to my skin, every part of my body needs water. The more water I drink, the better I feel. My skin is radiant and strong because I drink the amount of water my body needs each day.
When I go to a restaurant, I always order water because not only is water better than caffeinated beverages, but it could also save me an average of two hundred dollars each year in restaurant bills alone.
Today I choose to drink at least eight glasses of water. I embrace my goal with a positive attitude because drinking enough water is easy and beneficial.