When I started this blog (well, after I realized that it could be more than just an updating-your-family-on-your-life type of blog), I wanted it to be all about health and wellness. But to me, health isn’t just about eating right and exercising.
There are so many different components to wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, vocational, environmental, and even cultural wellness.
And THAT’S what I want my blog to be all about.
Now, I get that I have covered some of those aspects of wellness, especially vocational (which includes productivity by crafting, cooking, photography, design, and even blogging), cultural (traveling), and spiritual, but I don’t think I’ve covered the other components that well.
This is where that ends. Starting with the physical aspect. I’ve got healthy recipes covered. Now I’m gonna do fitness, etc. WOO!
A long time ago, I started “health tips” series on my blog. It wasn’t very popular, so I wasn’t very inspired to continue. BUT I DON’T CARE ANYMORE. 🙂 Even if no one reads my “health tips”, at least I’m posting something on my blog that I feel is very important, and not posting crap about Jennifer Aniston’s new boyfriend or something (apologies to those who post about celebrities…kinda).
So that’s what this is. A health tip post. BAM!
Are you pumped?! I am PUMPED!!
Anyway. On to the real part of the post.
This post is all about WATER.
I know, I know. Everyone talks about how important water is.
But it IS, y’all.
Why is water important? Water makes up more than two-thirds of your body weight. The human brain = 95% water. Blood = 82% water. Lungs = 90% water. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply and we are dehydrated. Crazy, huh?
Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. So if you’re low on energy, drink a glass. All of the cells that make up our entire anatomy depend on water to function. Pretty important, right?
In addition to daily maintenance of our bodies, proper water consumption plays a role in disease prevention. Drinking your daily water can decrease risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and has shown to also decrease risk of breast cancer. The list goes on!
How much water should we drink? An easy way to remember is to take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s how much water in ounces you should be drinking. So if someone weighs 150, they should drink 75 ounces of water a day.
There’s a “but” to this little rule. If you exercise (and you should), add 8oz for every 30 minutes you are active. Add another 2 servings if you live in a hot climate. Travel a lot? Add 8oz for every hour you are on an airplane. Yeah, those ounces can add up quick.
It is so hard to drink that much water in a 24 hour period. I am SO with ya on that. But I have some tips for you (and for myself) on ways to drink more water.
11 tips on drinking more water:
1. Spread your water consumption out throughout the day instead of drinking tons of it in one sitting. This will help you from feeling waterlogged. You don’t want to get tired of water!
2. Set a timer or buzzer on your phone for every hour or so to remind you to drink some water. My main problem is just forgetting to drink.
3. Put slices of lemon, lime, orange, or another fruit in a pitcher of water and let sit in the fridge. And bam, you have healthy flavored water. This totally helps me not get bored of water.
4. Drink a glass when you feel hungry. Sometimes, that’s just your body telling you that you are dehydrated. And if you really are hungry, the water before your meal didn’t hurt at all. (Actually, drinking water before, during, and after meals helps you to digest food.)
5. If you are watching TV, drink a few sips of water during every commercial break.
6. Check the color of your pee. Yep, you heard me. If your urine is medium to dark yellow, you aren’t drinking enough water. Keep your pee clear! 🙂
7. Write reminders to yourself. Put a sticky note right on your computer’s keyboard! Can’t ignore that.
8. Try to slowly replace drinks with water. Do you drink three sodas a day? Replace one of them with water and work from there.
9. Carry a water bottle around with you. (A reusable one.) Take it to your office, to the living room, to your computer, etc.
10. At meals, drink a glass of water before anything else. Then you can have your tea, milk, etc. Do this at other times, too, like trips to Starbucks. Order your normal coffee AND a water. Drink both. Happy tastebuds AND a happy conscience. 🙂
11. This one is my favorite. Eat raw fruits and veggies. They are made up of SO much water. The top 10 hydrating foods are: cucumber, watermelon, pineapple, romaine lettuce, tomato, blueberries, celery, cantaloupe, grapefruit, and pear. All of these foods are made up of over 85% water. Love it!
I’m challenging YOU to drink more water. I’m challenging myself, as well. We can do this!