Drink Pure Water
By: Phil Holleman
Since one of my purposes in writing is to be transparent, I’m going to be totally honest here.
Up to now, I have never drank enough water. I can’t seem to get it on my priority list. If water has a taste, it’s really bland to me.
However, if I’m I’m going to ask my readers to drink more water, I have to do the same. Let me go get a glass right now.
Alrighty! I’m back with that glass of water. I put a shot of lemon juice in it to get rid of that bland taste. So, let’s find out why drinking water is important.
In his book, 10 Keys To Create Wellness, Michael R. Ellison lays out many good reasons to increase water consumption. There are several major benefits:
- Water regulates body temperature.
- Water lubricates joints.
- Water helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body.
- Water helps to prevent constipation.
- Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells of the body, helping distribute food and supplements in a more even flow.
- Water eases the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products.
There are three important functions of water I never realized:
- Water has a rejuvenating effect on energy level. Now I know why my mother was able to to keep going all day long. She was always drinking water.
- Water helps with weight loss and weight maintenance. When our bodies don’t have enough water, they retain what’s there, and the result is water weight. When there is enough water present, it’s released on a regular basis, and we feel less bloated.
- Water benefits skin texture and appearance. As an aging baby boomer, that’s important to me.
Now that we understand some of the benefits of drinking more water, how much should we drink? The answer is based on weight:
Our weight in pounds: ___
Divided by 2: _
That number divided by 8 (ounces to a cup): __
I weigh 146 pounds on a good day, so I need:
My weight in pounds: 146
Divided by 2: 73
That number divided by 8 (ounces to a cup): 9.125
I need to drink 9 and 1/8 cups of water a day. That last 1/8 of a cup could be a killer. I have been woefully short.
To get started on the right track, I have 2 32-ounce non-BPA bottles filled with filtered water in the freezer so I can have cold water all day.
I like sweet drinks, including sweet tea, and I tend to gravitate to them. I have to say, though, the lemon in the water I’ve been drinking while writing this article tastes pretty good. Lemonade without the extra sugar. I can do this!
Let’s all work on adding more water to our wellness journey. Hold me accountable and I’ll do the same for you.
My glass is empty! I’m done here.
Yours in good health,
Phil Holleman spent over 11 years struggling with major depression. During that time, he learned how important it is to live a healthy life. He created ABoldNewLife.com to help others who are on their journey to wellness.
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