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Did you know your body is between 60 and 70% water?

Yes you are an ocean unto your self!

Water is intrinsic in just about every body function imaginable. Every system of your body depends on it. This week for Weekly Wellness we will be focusing on drinking enough water to maintain optimum health and vitality.

What are the health benefits of drinking water?

Water is the second most important thing that our bodies need to survive, oxygen being the first.”  – Improving health and energy

20 health benefits to drinking water

  1. Flushes toxins from vital organs
  2. Carries nutrients to cells
  3. Provides a moist environment necessary for ears, nose, throat, lungs, eyes, mouth, and other outward mucous membranes.
  4. Suppresses appetite
  5. Helps the body metabolize fat
  6. Reduces fluid retention
  7. Helps maintain proper muscle tone
  8. Prevents sagging skin after weight loss
  9. Reduces wrinkles and outward signs of skin aging
  10. Helps relieve constipation
  11. Helps prevent headaches
  12. Reduces heartburn
  13. Reduces the chances to form kidney stones in the kidney
  14. Can help ease pain from rheumatoid and osteo arthritis
  15. Can help reduce back pain
  16. Aides in maintaining proper PH balance in the body
  17. Helps the body regulate temperature
  18. Required for digestion and absorption of food
  19. Necessary for proper blood circulation
  20. Helps dissolve minerals making them more available to the body

How much water should I drink?

This question is a loaded one. I am convinced there is not a “one size fits all” approach to how much water you should drink. The “normal” suggestion is 6-8 glasses of water a day. I have heard others say you should drink half of your body weight in water, in ounces a day. So if you weigh 200 lbs you should drink 100 oz of water a day.

I have worked in a hospital and seen water poisoning, where people have had so much water, in the name of health, that their body was stripped of vital nutrients and their electrolyte balance was off making them very sick. In one instance the patient suffered kidney damage.

Our bodies know when we need to drink. We need to listen to what our body is telling us and base our water drinking off of that. Obviously people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, at higher altitudes, more physically active, are going through a detox, having physical pain, bloating, headaches, should drink more water than a normal, healthy individual. I personally try to drink about 96 ounces of water a day. That is ideal for me. Some days I don’t drink enough and can feel it. Some days I cant drink it all because I don’t feel I need it. It is all about balance.

On that note, if you FEEL thirsty you are already dehydrated.

I find keeping a glass (or mason jar) of water next to me all day long keeps me drinking water. I have a toddler so keeping water near at all times is difficult. She really likes to take my water and spill it. I keep it around the house so I can be sure to drink whenever I walk by a jar with water in it.

Ideally you want filtered water, not from plastic bottles which leach harmful chemicals into your body and are terrible for the environment, but filtered at home and put into a glass or stainless steel container for drinking. We have used PUR and Britta water filters at home and although they are not the best, they help get some of the harmful chemicals and particles out of the water before you drink it.

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I fill four mason jars full of water every night and leave them open to the air on the counter. This lets the water breathe and the chlorine in the water will evaporate. I then drink out of these four mason jars throughout the day. I will do an extra jar if I am fermenting something since I don’t want chlorine in my ferments either.

So, our challenge this week is to make sure you are drinking enough WATER! Most people are not. So keep on BREATHING and drink some WATER.

You can do this!

This is easy.

I will also be posting reminders on Facebook and Twitter multiple times a day. It may get irritating but every time you see it drink something (and like the post so you see more of my reminders).

How do you make sure you drink enough water in a day? Are you getting enough currently?

 

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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14 Responses to 20 Health Benefits of Drinking Water and Weekly Wellness Challenge 2

  1. Corey says:

    I live in the desert.. I definitely need to drink more water… but I detest it, I am so ugg about it. Do I know I need it but I just can’t bring myself to drink enough. I’ve been freezing cubes of lemon juice or lime to add to my water which helps. also though I had a friend recently serve me water with Orange slices in it and Watermelon. It was such a refreshing drink! I’m pushing myself to drink more! Thanks for the article!

  2. Ashley Myers says:

    I never thought of doing that with water before. I drink tons through out the day. I would really like to invest in a berkey in the future possibly.

  3. kendall says:

    Wow, I definitely don’t drink as much water as I should – thanks for the reminder! I am for sure going to start using your mason jar idea – our water tastes terrible!

  4. Stephanie Proffitt says:

    I also don’t drink as much water as I should…though I have started drinking water over tea. I like it much better with a slice of lemon or lime…something about having just a wee bit of flavor I guess 🙂

    I totally LOVE the mason jar idea – much better than plastic for sure.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Becky says:

    I definitely need to drink more water. It’s on my goals for October. Thanks for sharing this post on Tuesday Greens!

  7. Great article! I drink a TON of water.
    On the rare days that I don’t, I can really tell the difference.

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