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The DUH! Health Tip Most People Aren’t Doing

 

Let me start off with a warning that I am not divulging a super secret health tip that us health professionals are keeping vaulted away from the masses.  It’s not a complicated formula or new fad.  When I tell you, you will probably go, “Duh! Everyone knows that!” I know that you know. This piece of information is similar to other pieces of advice you know but probably don’t do, like how you should clean out your closet monthly, and dust your ceiling fans.  We wait until we have to move and then clean out 10 years worth of t-shirts and mismatched socks. My ceiling fan always has 2 inches of dust and grime on it. Frankly, it’s really gross. So what is this tidbit that is imperative to your health, but you probably aren’t doing it?

DRINK. MORE. WATER. That’s it. You can stop reading here because that is the jist of the entire post, or if you would like a more in depth analysis, read on, friends.

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In case you forgot about the imperative nature of water to the body, let me give you some refreshers. According to waterinfo.org : The human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water. A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only a week or so without drinking water.

Summary? Water is pretty freaking important. This is why a little part of my soul dies each time I hear someone tell me, “Water? Ummm, I usually drink like 1 or 2 glasses a day”. If your brain is 75% water and you are only drinking about 10% of the amount you need to stay hydrated, it seems that a lot of us are all wandering around with pruney, dehydrated, brains that probably feel the same way as one’s mouth does the morning after a rowdy night of drinking. Gross.

Why aren’t we drinking enough water? My guess is because we have a lot of other tasty options with exciting flavors and enough sugar added to blast a kid into space. The other habit I often hear from clients is the addiction to coffee, specifically upon waking. The problems with the sugary drinks and coffee are that even though they are liquid, they are actually very dehydrating to the body. So you may think you are hydrated because you are drinking a lot of liquids throughout the day, but you have to drink the right one- water! Not Vitamin water, not Gatorade, not lemonade, not tea, not coffee, not soda, not Red Bull. Water. A really handy number to remember so you know if you are getting enough of that H2O goodness is this: drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. It’s that simple. Take your weight, divide it by 2, and that’s how many ounces you should drink.

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Here is a helpful visual from reddit.com showing how much sugar is in commonly consumed beverages- water (thumbs up for zero sugar!), chocolate milk, fruit juice, Red Bull, iced tea, and soda.  Pretty shocking picture.  You probably wouldn’t take the sugar bag out of your kitchen cabinet and pour that much in your mouth would you?  However, people every day are basically doing just that, the sugar is just masked in their drink.

I’m going to go back to my previous mentioning of the large amount of people who drink coffee right when they wake up. The “Oh my GOD, don’t even TALK to me until I have had my caffeine!” people. First of all, that’s weird. You should be able to function like a normal human being without copious amounts of caffeine coursing through your bloodstream 10 minutes after you wake up from an entire night’s sleep. There are a whole lot of other things going on with your health if that is the case. Call me. I’ll help you. One of the beefs I have with this habit is that coffee is a very jolting and dehydrating way to wake up your system in the morning. You wouldn’t want to be punched in the face to be woken up would you? Me neither. One thing that I do every single morning is make a mug of warm water and squeeze half a lemon in it and add a tablespoon or two of organic, apple cider vinegar. You know what that does? It tells my organs, “Oh, good morning! Time to wake up now and get moving. Hey, Digestive System! Here’s a gentle nudge in the right direction. Perhaps a trip to the loo will be in order? Time to flush all of those toxins out. Wakey, wakey, Immune System! Just giving you a dose of Vitamin C to start your day. Wouldn’t want you getting sick like all those snot nosed sneeze bags at the office.”   I beg of you to replace your cup of Joe first thing with warm lemon water. You can have the coffee later, but just drink water first. If the lemon thing and apple cider thing are too much for you, drink a large glass of room temperature water when you wake up.

Here are more ways to drink water:

  • Drink a glass before every meal

  • Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Know how many ounces it holds and how many times you have to fill the bottle to meet your daily requirement.

  • Bring a water bottle in your car when you are out running errands

  • Set alarms on your phone and drink a glass when the alarm goes off

  • Cut the crap excuse “I don’t like how water tastes”. You will literally die without it. Flavor it with lemon, cucumber, mint, and/or berries if you have to.

If you still aren’t jazzed up about the idea of drinking more water to propel you in a healthier direction, here are some amazing benefits of being hydrated:

  • Plumper, younger looking skin

  • Diminished eye bags and dark circles

  • Detoxification

  • Eating less. A lot of times we eat when we are really just thirsty.

  • Improved digestion

  • Protection against headaches

  • Alertness

So what are you waiting for? Don’t forget this DUH! health tip. Drink, pee, repeat.

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