How can you drink more water? It’s easy. I’m fairly confident that you are not reading this in a desert where you have limited access to water. Even US desert cities have reliable water supplies.
Your body is made up of approximately 75% water, which is why it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. I notice that more and more people order water when they eat out, but that isn’t an ideal time to consume a lot of liquid. Drinking more than a cup of water or other liquid with a meal can impair digestion and nutrient absorption by diluting stomach acid.
Benefits Of Drinking Water
The better approach is to hydrate between meals. I recommend that you carry a refillable glass or stainless steel water bottle with you everywhere you go to get into the habit of sipping water regularly. There are so many benefits to drinking water:
- Aids in detoxification
- Alleviates constipation
- Curbs cravings
- Relieves headaches
I can’t count how many of my clients have claimed that they drink plenty of water in coffee, tea, bottled liquids or Crystal Lite. Hate to pop your bubble, but these are not hydrating unless your tea is an herbal infusion without added sugar. Coffee is acidic, and the cream or sweeteners you add are countering any hydration. Vitamin Water – nope, it’s got as much sugar as a Coke, or an overload of chemicals like Crystal Lite. These de-hydrate!
Where do You Get Your Water?
What about bottled water? Well, it’s a step in the right direction, except that there is no quality control on where the water was sourced, and studies have demonstrated that chemicals from the plastic bottles can leech into the water. Explore filtered water options that remove chlorine, fluoride and heavy metals – then fill the glass or stainless steel bottle I recommended.
Additional Tips for Boosting Water Intake
1. Drink organic herbal teas, hot or cold.
2. Add natural flavor enhancers – citrus or cucumber slices, or mint leaves or berries. NOT bottled liquids that are full of chemicals.
3. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit as part of your meals, snacks or naturally sweet dessert.
4. Drink gut-healing and immune-boosting bone broth.
5. Ensure you consume adequate amounts of sea salt to provide sodium to help your body use the water.
6. Replenish your body with water prior to, during and after workouts.
Your body is crying desperately for water – the real stuff! Drink up and you will discover the difference it will make for your health.