Sweet, Sweet Sunday

What About Water

So this month I have decided to try to get back on track, both as a blogger and as a wife of a type 2 diabetic by getting back on track as far as the Raw Foods Pyramid as a new nutritional guide and minimalism as a lifestyle.

So here’s a review of what I had learned before getting off track…

Why even drink water in the first place?

  • Asthma and Allergies…helps keep your air passageways open because the body closes up these passageways in an effort to minimize water loss whenever we are dehydrated
  • Blood Pressure…prevents your blood from becoming so thick that it increases your blood pressure
  • Body Temperature…cooling the body whenever you sweat by making you sweat more
  • Brain Function…protects brain structure and function, as well as producting hormones and neurotransmitters. Drinking water promotes clearer thinking and reasoning
  • Constipation…prevents and relieves constipation
  • Headaches…may help relieve the intensity and duration of headaches.
  • Hangovers…can help prevent the unpleasant symptoms from drinking too much—such as thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth—because it is a diuretic. A good rule of thumb is to drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage that you drink in order to avoid having a hangover the next day.
  • Joint Pain…maintains the ability of the joints to absorb shock
  • Kidney Stones…makes you have to pee more often, which prevents minerals from consolidating, crystallizing and becoming kidney stones
  • Skin disorders and premature wrinkling…makes your skin look healthy and vibrant and also prevents it from becoming dry, flaky and tight
  • Tooth Decay…keeps the mouth clean and as a result reduces tooth decay

How much water should we be drinking each day?

  • In order to enjoy the complete benefits of water listed above, you should be drinking eight or more cups of water per day.
  •  Another popular suggestion is to drink half your body weight in ounces.

What tools and techniques can I use to help me start drinking the suggested amount of  water each day?

1. Carry a small refillable water bottle with you everywhere you go.

  • Using a  reusable water bottle does not create the litter that typical water bottles do, is environmental-friendly, makes you a smarter consumer, saves water, and saves you money.
  • What factors should you consider when choosing a water bottle?
  • The first factor to consider is what material the bottle is made from. Water bottles can be found in many different materials—including aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, polyethylene, and copolyester.
  • Glass…bottlesUP, Life Factory, Love Bottle, Takeya

  • Metal…Earth Lust, Hydro Flask, Klean Kanteen
  • Plastic…Fit & Fresh, GOBIEH20, Nalgene
  • In addition to the material that the bottle is made from, you also need to recognize how easy the bottle will be to both carry and to clean, how easy the bottle will be able to fill with ice cubes and water, what type of drinking valve the bottle has, how big the bottle is, and whether or not the bottle has a filter.

2. Decide when you want to drink your water. A few suggestions are…

  • Before Meals…makes you feel full and helps you eat fewer calories.
  • Certain parts of your daily routine—such as when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, whenever you get up from your desk at work to take a bathroom break, after your brush your teeth in the morning, and right before you eat lunch.
  • Hourly…ensures that your water quote is met by the end of the day.
  • Morning…gives you more energy to face the day ahead.

3. Enlist other people to help you reach this goal.

4. Fill a larger pitcher or bottle with the amount of water you want to drink each day.

5. Invest in a filter.

6. Make your own carbonated water with the help of a home “seltzer” machine.

7. Use a straw so that you drink faster, and drink more at one time.