Vavavoom. Rejuvenate. Heal.
Last week was all about sleeping at the right time for the biggest bang of your snooze time. The results of sleeping by 10 pm have proven to me that the effort in building this habit is worth it. This week, I have been waking up more refreshed, my productivity has increased, and I feel good. I know that is just the beginning and that over time, my health will improve even more from deeper and more rejuvenating sleep. This week, it is time to add in the second habit that is free and fast for health and longevity: Hydration.
Drinking water is such a simple addition but, sometimes, it can feel like all you do is drink water, go to the bathroom, drink more water, go to the bathroom, and on and on the cycle goes. You might ask: Why bother? Here is a short list of many more examples of what hydration can do for you:
- Relieve headaches
- Relieve aches and pains in the body
- Soften your skin
- Reduce overall body puffiness (face, eyes, etc)
- Prevent kidney stones
- Flush out toxins
- Support your detoxifying organs like your liver, kidneys, bladder, and skin
- Rejuvenate your body
- Bring out the youthfulness in your body
- Support your brain function (have you ever noticed that when you are studying or doing intense mental activity, you need more water?)
Even from that short list, you can see how drinking water can up your game. Just like it is with sleep, how much water you drink and when you drink it can really impact the benefits. Lets look at the numbers when it comes to staying hydrated. Because we are made up more of water than anything else, it is essential to drink an optimum amount of water. Just to keep your body running properly, you need a minmum of 2 Litres a day. However, if you are already deeply hydrated, active, or feeling thirsty, 3-4 litres of water a day will get you off to a really good start. Check out this amazing transformation that this one writer went through by drinking 3 litres of water a day for four weeks: How Drinking 3 Liters of Water a day took 10 Years off my face by Sarah Smith
Back to Basics Challenge Week 2: Drink 3 litres of water a day
In the beginning, it may feel like all you do is go to the bathroom because your body is so excited to have the resources to do its job of flushing out gunk. Don’t fret too much. After awhile, your body will adjust to the water consumption and level out on the cleansing.
Best times to drink water:
- First thing when you wake up, drink 2 glasses of water (optional: with lemon) to get all of your organs fired up and running for the day
- 30 mins before meals because if you drink water too close to meal times, you can muck up your digestion. The water can dilute your digestive juices that breakdown food. So timing is important.
- Stop drinking ample amounts of water a few hours before bed to prevent frequent night time trips to the washroom.
- Drink water instead of snacking. Sometimes when your mind is craving a munchie, you are actually needing water. Use your discretion with this tip. Drink water first. If you are still hungry, grab a healthy snack.
Type of Water:
This is a hot topic because some people are adamant about only drinking tap water or only drinking bottled water or only drinking fresh spring water that you have sourced from a local spring. Regardless of what camp you are in, drinking water is essential. Pick your source and go for it. Some things to consider when choosing your source of water:
- Make sure it is clean
- The more alkaline that your water is the better because, for the most part, we are too acidic. This is a topic that we will dive into later on.
- Make sure that the extra chemicals, bacteria, parasites and the like have been filtered out.
There are different ways to ensure these elements are being met. You can have an awesome gravity fed filtration system in your home that in the long run would be more cost effective then buying bottled water. Personally, I have a Santevia counter top water system. I fill up mason jars in the morning and carry them with me. Sometimes, people think I am drinking Moon Shine. It makes for a fun conversation. If you are in a city with an excellent water system, you may be safe to go with tap water. Don’t stress to much about it because that defeats the purpose of the back to basics program.
Give your water some vavavoom:
- Add sliced lemons! This will add flavour but, also, energize and alkanize your body.
- You can spruce your water up with different fruits and herbs to create your own “vitamin” waters. My favourite combo: Fresh mint leaves and lime wedges.
There is no replacement for water. Your teas and coffees do not count for your 3 liters a day because they do not have the same effect on your body.
Time to get hydrated!
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