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that which sustains us.

April 3, 2011

WATER.

 

water is the foundation of health; every living thing needs it not just to survive, but to thrive.

our living body is made up of ~75% water. that’s a lot. we are designed to be lean, mean, water-pumping machines. i believe our bodies are more than capable of self-healing, and that a lot of that healing starts with one basic thing: water. think about it…our blood alone, which is made up of primarily water, carries vital nutrients from organ to organ, system to system. that’s a huge roll to take on. by giving our bodies the water it needs we are not only treating it with respect, but we are helping to flush toxins, we are improving our metabolism, we are improving our skin, memory and concentration, helping to cool our bodies. the list goes on.

so why do most of us choose to stay in a constant state of dehydration? that’s disrespect right there, folks. we only get one body.

what are the signs of dehydration? — thirst, weakness and fatigue, dry skin, dry mouth, headache, loss of appetite. and the first two that i always notice are dry lips and darker urine. i’m always checking the color of my pee….”no fear, it’s clear!”

sugar and caffeine only dehydrate you more, so no–coffee doesn’t count as a source of water, and no– crystal light doesn’t count as a source of water(talk about poison). you’re fooling yourself and doing harm to your body if you are considering juice, soda, coffee, etc. WATER…it’s not. Not to mention drinking juice and soda is a waste of calories. I’d much rather be getting my calories from eating foods, than trying to “quench” my thirst.  plain water is boring, right? (so they say). well, then find ways to make it not so boring. try it with 100% juice ice cubes. room temp. from a straw. chilled with fresh citrus and mint. force yourself to drink it– you’re body was created to love it and the more you give it what it was designed to live off of, the easier it will become to drink it. I, personally, like my water room temp and through a straw. or chilled with citrus and mint–it’s so refreshing. With the exception of my morning one cup of coffee, the only other thing I drink is water. I start and end my days with water(literally, it’s the very first thing i do when i get out of bed, and the very last thing i do before getting into bed).

I try to get in 4L of  pure water a day. I’ve heard in order to figure out how much water you should take in in one day,  you take your weight and divide it in half and that is the amount of water in ounces you should drink a day. but– i say a few more cups isn’t going to hurt anything, only help. so, find yourself a handy, re-usable(preferably a toxin free one) water bottle and fill ‘er up.

“With an abundant intake of clean healthy water we allow our body to perform all the healing processes it is naturally capable of. In this age of fast food, synthetic medicines and complex lifestyles we tend to over look the obvious. Our body is a water machine, performing millions of life giving tasks with each passing second, and in each of these synchronized miracles there is one primary ingredient…WATER”

 

do your body good. drink water.

namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Esther (aka cornbread) permalink
    April 4, 2011 7:34 pm

    I really like this. With having to drink even more water b/c of pregnancy (and soon, lactation) I’m always looking for ways to make my water consumption less boring. Good stuff!!!

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