Most people do not drink enough fluids, and when they do, they seldom drink water, which is essential for basic metabolism. A very common mistake that people make is to believe that because they drink liquids, they consume enough water. (Here’s a bit of sarcasm: Well, the reason water is called water and other beverages have specific names is because each has different properties and effects in your body! Duh!)
Water is the most important element in your life, perhaps even more important than air because more than three-quarters of your body is water. Dehydration is one of the key causes of “dis-ease.” The usual reasons people don’t drink water are that they don’t like the taste; it’s tasteless; tastes bad. Here are tips to not only drink enough water for optimal metabolism, but to enjoy drinking water.
Make Drinking Water Fun!
1) Water Chalice. Drink from a special, attractive, large glass that you use specifically for water. Since it can easily acquire the taste of its container, water tastes better in glass (or a clear/transparent plastic, if safety is a concern). Using a Water Chalice makes the process of drinking water special and attractive. Make a trip specifically to purchase your Water Chalice and notice the positive feelings you have when choosing it, which will enhance the pleasant associations you have every time you use your Water Chalice. It’s also a good idea to have a separate Water Chalice for your office or any place you spend a significant amount of time.
2) Lemon Water. Squeeze a little, fresh lemon or lime-juice into your water to enhance its cleansing qualities and to add flavor. A squeeze of lemon (or lime) in water assists in the body’s detoxification process. You may also want to garnish your Water Chalice with a slice of lemon for glamour.
3) Fruit Water. Cut up your favorite fruits and place them into either a pitcher of water or a spoonful of fruit into your Water Chalice. The problem of bad tasting or tasteless water is eliminated and Fruit Water is very refreshing! Kids like this recipe, too. You can also make Fruit Water ice cubes and place a piece of fruit in each cube. Fruit water is a big hit at parties. When on the go, you can chop or lightly puree fruit and place in a container (you can reuse a water bottle) to carry your Fruit Water. Of course, Fruit Water should be one-fourth (¼) or less of your daily water consumption. It is necessary to drink plain water daily (a squeeze of lemon or lime is acceptable).
a) You can use this recipe with plain seltzer water to make Fruit Spritzers!
Develop Good Water Drinking Habits.
1) Drink smaller portions of water many times during the day to being increasing your water intake. Most sources recommend drinking eight (8), eight-ounce (8 oz.) glasses of fluid per day.
2) Drink water at room temperature, if you can. Cold water can cause your muscles to cramp and can disrupt digestion and your basic metabolism. Cool, but not iced water, is acceptable.
3) Good Morning/Good Night. Have a glass of water first thing upon arising to assist in overnight digestion and elimination. A glass of water 1 to 2 hours before bed is also excellent, but you may need to adjust your timing to avoid disrupting your sleep for potty-breaks.
a) View bathroom breaks as personal regrouping time to repeat your affirmations and focus on your goals.
4) It is also good to repeat affirmations each time you finish a glass of water.
5) Drink water at specific times. You can set timers to remind you to drink water, e.g., hourly reminders, or have a glass of water every half hour that you are watching your favorite TV shows.
6) Place reminders to drink water in strategic places such as near your phone, on your desk, on your computer, in your appointment book/calendar, on your bathroom mirror, TV, etc. You can use post-it notes or paper that is attractive so that you will immediately look towards it to remind you to drink water.
7) Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Drink at specific times.
8) Drink Water with alcoholic beverages. Have one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. This not only helps to prevent inebriation and hangovers, it allows you to better control the desired effects of alcohol, and allows your body to detoxify more quickly.
a) You can dilute wine with water or sparkling water (as the French wisely practice) or have 1 parts alcohol to 2 parts water, or ½ and ½.
9) Always have a glass of water after eating sweets. Water will help your body to metabolize the heavy sugar content of treats and assist in preventing a “sugar crash.”
1) Avoid “chemical” water with artificial additives. Most waters and drinks with additives (e.g., sports drinks) have chemical supplements from non-natural sources, which add to the toxins stored in your body.
2) Tea, soda, coffee, and other liquids do not count towards your intake of water. They contain ingredients that your body may need to filter out and which can add to toxic fat storage.
3) Increasing your intake of water will make you have to go to the bathroom more often – which is good for detoxification.
Here’s to your most excellent health!