There's nothing like going on vacation and falling off the wagon big time. I won't go into all that but will say that it is time for me to get back on that wagon and start eating healthy again. How about you? What do you do to motivate yourself after a big fall?
Today I want to talk about WATER.
I have never been a water drinker. And, anything I drink, I sip. It takes me all morning to just down a glass of juice or tea or whatever. Sip, wait awhile, sip again. I must learn to take bigger sips if I am going to get my fluid intake for the day.
We don't drink enough and when we don't we can get into a lot of trouble. My husband went to an outdoor concert (in the summertime) and passed out from heat stroke. He was dehydrated.
Not getting enough water can cause you to fall which could result in fractures. It affects your heart, can lead to bladder and colon cancer, make you constipated, give you dry eyes and cataracts. It can lead to kidney stones and affect your immune system. You become tired, don't think well and it lowers your alertness.
I remember the nurses telling me during chemo treatments to drink a lot of water before I came in for treatment so that my veins would plump up and they could find my veins better. Water improves your blood flow, too.
It also affects your brain. Did you know that your brain is made up of 75% water? And, if you don't drink enough the brain can actually shrink!
So, why do people not drink enough? Some are like me, sippers. A lot of folks aren't active so they don't feel the need for water. Some people just don't like the taste of water.
Water can be boring!! Let's face it. This is where you get inventive. Add things to the water to make it more enticing. How about frozen strawberries to cool it down, those power juice concentrates could make it taste better, add mint leaves, cucumber slices, slices of orange or lemon. But, watch the sugar intake. Stevia is by far the better sweetener or raw honey if you like.
These days it is recommended that we drink at 5 glasses of water or more a day and remember that we get water by eating more fruits and vegetables.
Tap water is better for you. Bottled water may have more chemicals in it than tap water.
I think I will go in the kitchen and get me a glass of water.
Oh, and add some fruit and ice.