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Monday, October 24, 2011

How Much Water is Enough?

Every time we turn around, there's another article telling us how much water to drink or not drink. It's confusing to say the least. Some tell us we need to drink 64 ounces, others tell us we need to be drinking 128 ounces, and some are telling us to only drink when we are thirsty.

I'm here to tell you what I think and the importance of water on our bodies.

I personally think that aiming for 64 ounces (that is 8-eight ounce glasses a day) of only water a day is a great starting goal for most people. That does not include tea, coffee, crystal light, sports drinks, energy drinks, milk, protein shakes or anything else but water.

If you're active or in hot climates your needs will increase.

A little known fact that most people don't know is that thirst is one of the last signs of dehydration. So using that as a gauge is not an option.

Every system in your body depends on water.
Flushing out toxins, carries nutrients, hydrates, gives energy (a lot of energy), aids in weight loss and several other important roles & benefits in the body.

Even mild dehydration can zap your body of energy, nutrients & can cause constipation.

So with all this in mind let's try and all stay on track with our water goal each and every day.

Hints to make water a little easier to drink:

~Spice water up. Try lemon, lime, orange or cucumber wedges in ice water.
~Get a fun water bottle that helps you track your ounces. I used to use a 32 ounces bottle and fill it up 2-4 times a day. I now just drink straight out of a gallon jug and once that's gone, my goal is accomplished.
~Put juice cubes in your water. Freeze 100% juice in ice cube trays and use a couple in your water, to spice it up.

The benefits of water FAR outweigh the side effect of using the bathroom frequently, so drink up!

Happy Monday!

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