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No, it’s not a martini, a mojito, or an artisan ale. Not even milk can’t be called by that regal title. It’s that plain old stand-by that drips out of your faucet. Believe it or not, water is the most important element we consume. At mid-life we need all the elements we can get. Some of experience drier skin and hair, less than stellar digestion, the sound of a creaking door when we get up from a chair–that’s our joints making that noise. Even a bit of memory lapse, as we discussed the other day.
We all know that we should drink plenty of water each day to avoid hydration but,… do we know how much is ‘plenty’? Studies show that it’s best if we drink one-half ounce for every pound we weigh. A 200 pound person should drink 100 ounces, just over 3 quarts, of water each day. If you have 8-ounce glasses in your cupboard, you’ll have to fit in 12.5 glasses of water. If your glasses hold 12 ounces, you’ll need to drink 8.25 glasses per day. I drink from either a 16-ounce glass or a 32-ounce water bottle that I refill as needed.
1) Make water your primary beverage. Caffeinated drinks release water from your system, so you need to drink two glasses of water to compensate for what you’ll lose from the caffeine. Soda will add too many calories. Lemonade is loaded with sugar and calories.
Stick with water.
2) Start and end your day with a glass of water. Drink a glass of water before and after each meal and snack. That will account for 12.5 glasses of water. Of course, if you weigh less than 200 pounds, eliminate glasses accordingly.
3) Don’t drink water with a meal. It dilutes the chemicals in your stomach that aid in digestion.
4) Make it a habit to carry water with you all the time.
The benefits of drinking water for health far outweigh the inconveniences. Admittedly, your trips to the restroom will increase initially and refilling your bottle or glass is something for which you’ll have to develop a habit. Drink filtered or bottled water when you can for the fresher taste, but if tap water is all you have access to, it’s certainly a suitable substitute.
Water plays a vital role in all bodily functions and supplies the wide-ranging means in which many chemical changes in the body occur.
Drinking the appropriate amount of water daily:
1. Increases energy levels
2. Improves memory
3. Hydrates the skin
4. Is essential for digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions. It allows water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid, to be absorbed.
5. Helps your body release toxins
6. Aids circulation
7. Regulates your body’s cooling system
8. May prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections
9. Improves muscle tone
10. Helps lubricate joints
A way to add further health benefits when drinking water, as well as flavoring the water to make it more palatable, is to add the juice of one fresh lemon or lime to 6-8 ounces of warm water. Add a sweetener like Splenda or Truvia, if you wish. Modern research has proved that lemon and lime juices are Mother Nature’s antiseptic. They prevents some diseases and assist in cleansing the system of impurities, detoxifying free radicals. The high potassium level nourishes the brain, heart and nerve cells. In addition to aiding in digestion, lemon and lime are natural strengthening agents to liver enzymes; they purify the blood; regulate blood carbohydrate levels which affect blood oxygen levels. It has also been shown that they aid in burning fat and help to reduce weight.
Caution: Never, ever eat or chew the seeds of citrus fruits. The can be highly poisonous.
Experts rank water second only to oxygen as essential for life. What more powerful reason do you need to drink more water, beginning right now?
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