Friday, January 9, 2015

Adding More Water to Your Day

After having 2 babies in 2 years, my body still isn't (probably won't ever be) the same!  I would like to begin incorporating Yoga, Pilates, and diet changes into my routine to become healthier and stronger.

My first goal is to DRINK MORE WATER! Why is this so important?

1. Maintain the Balance of Bodily Fluids with water.

The human body is composed of around 60% water and this is needed for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature which we rely on our body fluids to do.

2. Control your Calorie intake by drinking water.

By drinking water and eating a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier, more filling, and will help you reduce your calorie intake. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans. By eating these types of foods, you will be more likely to "fill-up" and have better absorption of the nutrients by your body.

3. Water is know for its value in helping our muscles "energize"!

When you're not getting adequate fluids, your muscles can dry out and be left "fatigued". Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.

4. Do you want nice looking, glowing skin? Drink water.

Our skin is a protective layer that contains water and protects us from losing an excessive amount of fluids. When dehydrated, the skin tends to look "dry" and "wrinkled" but simply drinking enough water daily can help keep our skin hydrated and looking great!

5. Help your kidneys- drink water.

Your kidneys are responsible for removing the toxins from your body but they need help in doing so. When you're getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

How do you know if you're getting enough water and how can you keep track?

There's a FREE app called WaterTrakr that:
  • Provides you with the amount of water you should be intaking daily (based on gender, weight, and exercise)
  • Progress bar to help you track your consumption
  • Alarm to help you remember to drink up throughout the day

Here is a link for a Water Calculator to help you determine how much water you need each day

So, now that I know how much water my body needs.  I fill this container with the red lid twice a day and it's a little more than I need but that's ok with me :)  I've been adding 2 drops of Orange Essential Oil and 2 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil to a glass of water and then I refill it twice with plain water before adding the oils again.  You don't need to add oils each time, the glass will still contain them after your water is gone!  It's also important to use GLASS and not plastic if you're adding oils, the citrus oils especially, will break down the compounds in the plastic and you will end up consuming them... bad!

Also, it’s recommended to drink one 8 oz glass of water 15 minutes before a meal. This not only helps keep you hydrated, but also makes you feel more full, faster! 

I also ordered a bottle of Slique Essence and am really excited to try this in addition to the Grapefruit in my water! 

Here's why...Slique Essence combines grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea with stevia extract in a unique blend that supports healthy weight management goals. These ingredients work together to help control hunger.  The pleasant citrus combination of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon essential oils adds a flavorful and uplifting element to any day with the added support of spearmint that may help with digestion. Ocotea essential oil adds an irresistible, cinnamon-like aroma to help control hunger, while stevia adds an all-natural sweetener that provides a pleasant taste with no added calories.

Tomorrow I will share how I plan to incorporate healthy eating habits in my family's daily life. 

Questions about your water intake? Ask below!

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