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Why drink water? 7 surprising benefits!

 

What’s the big deal with water? If there are so many fun beverages choices, why should water be first?

 A Slovakian Proverb says, ‘Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine’.

Remember we are working on lifestyle changes that become habits.

The lifestyle change that we are working on for the next few weeks is drinking more water.

Just one little step or sip.

Even a perfectionist can do it!

Here are 7 good reasons we should drink more water. I was surprised by some of them!

Pure water is theworld's firstand foremostmedicine!

Slovakian Proverb

1.  When you’re feeling cranky, have a glass of water! It improves your mood!

Mild dehydration can negatively affect your mood and your ability to think. If a glass of water can improve our mood it’s definitely worth it!

2.  Is your energy level low? When your body is dehydrated, feeling tired is one of the first signs.

Wow! Imagine how much more we can get done, just because of water!

3.  Feel a headache coming on? At the first sign of a headache drink some water.

It won’t take away the stress, but it may ward off a headache. Headaches are often caused by dehydration.

4.  Water helps your body burn calories! Drinking enough water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food.

It also helps your digestion so your system eliminates properly. I won’t go into details – you can read between the lines.

5.  It aids weight loss! Substitute calorie free water for other high calorie beverages and you are reducing your calories.

Get rid of the pop/soda, which has no nutrients, and replace it with water and save 150 worthless calories.

6.  It flushes out toxins! Drinking water helps your body to get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.

It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stone formation. If you’ve ever seen someone in pain from kidney stones you have the best incentive to drink more water.

7.  Water also helps your skin have a healthy glow. More moisture means less wrinkles!

Those are all great reasons! Go get a glass of water right now!

 

TODAY’S little STEP: Drink one extra glass of water. If you usually drink 2 a day make it 3! Each day drink your new amount and you will have taken one more little step to be healthy!

Make the next choice a healthy one! Every step makes a difference!

Resources used – benefits of drinking water

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The lie exposed about weight loss and health.

 

Seems like we are always searching for the secret to weight loss and health. We’ve spent years believing the lie that a new diet or program will solve all our troubles!

We’ve also spent years being disappointed and disillusioned.

Here’s the truth. We fail with diets and programs because we set unrealistic goals.

We try to change too many things at once.

The secret, I think, is little changes.

We need to start with one little change that we can really do.

A change that will soon become a habit. I call it a little step.

Little steps don’t take a lot of will power or determination.

“Make it so easy you can’t say no.”

Leo Babauta

When we have success with one little step it encourages us!

We can build on the success!

We create new habits that last.

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Each week I am going to give you a little step to take. That’s all.

The perfectionist can handle one little step.

Each week the little step will be for either the body, mind or spirit.

This week’s step is for the body.

TODAY’S little STEP: Drink one more glass of water, per day, than you usually do!

Check out these previous posts if you would like some more ideas of the importance of water and how to drink more.

Why we need to drink water!   WHAT IF YOU HATE WATER? 15 TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP.   Why do we fail? Scientific strategies for success!

If this has been helpful please share it with your friends, especially the perfectionists!

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15 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR WATER HATERS

We all know we need to drink more water.

But what if you hate it?

What’s a girl to do?

But I hate water! Tips and tricks to drink more!

Keep reading for some tips and tricks.

 We know that we need 8 to 10 cups of fluid, each day. But it all doesn’t have to be water! We also learned that if we drink water before our meals it may help us lose weight.

I’ve made water my BFF and it is my beverage of choice. But I know some people who really hate to drink water. They would never choose water. Here are some tips and tricks I use and some I found on the internet.

  1. Whenever you brush your teeth drink a small glass of water.

  2. Buy yourself a really pretty water bottle. Take it with you.

  3. Experiment with temperature. Maybe you’ll like ice-cold water or room temperature. Pick one!

  4. Buy a fruit infusion water pitcher. Place frozen or fresh fruit in the insert and add water. The water is lightly flavored and colored.

  5. Buy some sparkling water. It has some sodium added but no extra calories. It is a good substitute for soda, or pop as we call it in Canada.

  6. Add lemon or lime slices to your water. Or try cucumber. This adds flavor and nutrients.

  7. Drink herbal teas. Just limit the sugar you add.

  8. Eat more fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Watermelon, cucumber, celery and tomatoes are all good choices.

  9. Try drinking with a straw. It is easier to sip and you will be surprised how quickly the glass empties.

  10. You can get techy and try an app to track your consumption. cool app

  11. Try diluting a strong flavored juice like grape or cranberry with water.

  12. Filter your water to enhance the flavor. Purchase a filter pitcher like Brita.

  13. Buy bottled water. It’s worth every penny if it helps you drink more.

  14. Make it a habit. Associate drinking water with something you enjoy. When you watch TV, sip from a pretty water bottle. When you first get home have a glass of water. After your morning shower have a glass of water. You get the idea.

  15. Reward yourself for drinking more water.

Resources used:

increase-water-consumption-hate-water-8265.html

drink-water

Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

This was a previous post that is worth reposting, and I’m on summer vacation and  taking a much needed break.

TODAY’S little STEP: If you are a water hater, choose 4 of these tips to try this week. Remember this little change will make a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!

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Why we need to drink water!

 Will drinking more water really help you be healthier?

Let me share what I found. Oh, but first go get a glass of water and drink it while you’re reading this.

1.Why should you drink water?

  • It improves your mood! Mild dehydration can negatively affect your mood and your ability to think.

    When you’re feeling cranky, have a glass of water!

  • It relieves fatigue! Wow! That’s reason enough for you to drink more water. When your body is dehydrated, feeling tired is one of the first signs.

  • It helps headaches! At the first sign of a headache drink some water. It won’t take away the stress in your life but it may ward off a headache. Headaches are often caused by dehydration.

  • It helps in digestion and boosts your metabolism!  Drinking sufficient water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. That means water helps your body burn calories! It also aids with digestion so your system works well. I won’t go into details – you can read between the lines.

  • It aids weight loss! When you substitute water for other high calorie beverages you are reducing your calories. Even healthy orange juice has 112 calories. Eat an orange for 45 calories instead.  When you drink water, it fills your stomach and reduces the tendency to eat more.

  • It flushes out toxins! Drinking water helps your body to get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.  It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stone formation. Prevention of kidney stones and the pain associated with them is another really good reason to drink more water.

  •  10-health-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

2.How much water should you drink?

Fluid is lost in sweat, urine, digestive processes, breathing, and through the skin. This fluid needs to be replaced every day.

There is no perfect formula for how many cups of water each person should drink. Research suggests the amount of fluid you need is based on your weight, your activity level and the climate you live in. Generally 8 to 10 cups of fluid each day is recommended.

That sounds like a huge amount of water to drink. But about 20% of it comes from the food we eat. Many fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water by weight.  The other 80% comes from the beverages we drink.  Milk and juice, and tea and coffee can contribute to the 80%, as they are composed of mostly water.

Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, caffeine free, inexpensive and readily available. nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

3.When should you drink it?

When you are feeling thirsty your body is sending a message that it needs fluid. Don’t ignore your thirst. Rehydrate with water.

The timing of when you drink water can contribute to weight loss. One study found that drinking water half an hour before meals is effective. It can make you feel more full, so that you eat fewer calories (28, 29).  In another study, people who drank 2 cups of water before meals lost 44% more weight, than the control group that didn’t drink water before the meal. (30).

It appears that drinking water before your meal will help to fill up your stomach. You will eat less food. It takes less food for you to feel full. This will eventually lead to weight loss.

Drink water it's your body's BFF!

TODAY’S little STEP: Gradually increase your water consumption. With the goal of 1 glass before each meal and with each snack. Substitute water for higher calorie beverages whenever you can.

If you have found this helpful please share it with your friends.

 

WHAT IF YOU HATE WATER? 15 TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP.

We all know we need to drink more water.

But what if you hate it?

What’s a girl to do?

But I hate water! Tips and tricks to drink more!

But I hate water! Tips and tricks to drink more!

Keep reading for some tips and tricks.

 We know that we need 8 to 10 cups of fluid, each day. But it all doesn’t have to be water! We also learned that if we drink water before our meals it may help us lose weight.

I’ve made water my BFF and it is my beverage of choice. But I know some people who really hate to drink water. They would never choose water. Here are some tips and tricks I use and some I found on the internet.

  1. Whenever you brush your teeth drink a small glass of water.

  2. Buy yourself a really pretty water bottle. Take it with you.

  3. Experiment with temperature. Maybe you’ll like ice-cold water or room temperature. Pick one!

  4. Buy a fruit infusion water pitcher. Place frozen or fresh fruit in the insert and add water. The water is lightly flavored and colored.

  5. Buy some sparkling water. It has some sodium added but no extra calories. It is a good substitute for soda, or pop as we call it in Canada.

  6. Add lemon or lime slices to your water. Or try cucumber. This adds flavor and nutrients.

  7. Drink herbal teas. Just limit the sugar you add.

  8. Eat more fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Watermelon, cucumber, celery and tomatoes are all good choices.

  9. Try drinking with a straw. It is easier to sip and you will be surprised how quickly the glass empties.

  10. You can get techy and try an app to track your consumption. cool app

  11. Try diluting a strong flavored juice like grape or cranberry with water.

  12. Filter your water to enhance the flavor. Purchase a filter pitcher like Brita.

  13. Buy bottled water. It’s worth every penny if it helps you drink more.

  14. Make it a habit. Associate drinking water with something you enjoy. When you watch TV, sip from a pretty water bottle. When you first get home have a glass of water. After your morning shower have a glass of water. You get the idea.

  15. Reward yourself for drinking more water.

Resources used:

increase-water-consumption-hate-water-8265.html

drink-water

Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

This was a previous post that is worth reposting, and I’m on summer vacation and  taking a much needed break.

TODAY’S little STEP: If you are a water hater, choose 4 of these tips to try this week. Remember this little change will make a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!

If you like what you have read, please take the time to sign up to receive new posts as a weekly email. The subscription button is located at the top of the page, to your right.

If you have found this helpful I would love it if you would share it with your friends on Facebook or Pinterest.

WATER YOUR BODY’S BFF

WATER YOUR BODY’S BFF!

How much water should you drink each day? Will drinking more water really help you be healthier? Does it matter when you drink it? I found some well-researched answers!

According to Jeff Goins and his blogger personality quiz, I’m the professor. Which means I like to do the research and then put it into a more readable form for you! Let me share what I found. Oh, but first go get a glass of water and drink it while you’re reading this.

1.Why should you drink water?

  • It improves your mood! Mild dehydration can negatively affect your mood and your ability to think.

    When you’re feeling cranky, have a glass of water!

  • It relieves fatigue! Wow! That’s reason enough for you to drink more water. When your body is dehydrated, feeling tired is one of the first signs.

  • It helps headaches! At the first sign of a headache drink some water. It won’t take away the stress in your life but it may ward off a headache. Headaches are often caused by dehydration.

  • It helps in digestion and boosts your metabolism!  Drinking sufficient water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. That means water helps your body burn calories! It also aids with digestion so your system works well. I won’t go into details – you can read between the lines.

  • It aids weight loss! When you substitute water for other high calorie beverages you are reducing your calories. Even healthy orange juice has 112 calories. Eat an orange for 45 calories instead.  When you drink water, it fills your stomach and reduces the tendency to eat more.

  • It flushes out toxins! Drinking water helps your body to get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.  It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stone formation. Prevention of kidney stones and the pain associated with them is another really good reason to drink more water.

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/10-health-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

2.How much water should you drink?

Fluid is lost in sweat, urine, digestive processes, breathing, and through the skin. This fluid needs to be replaced every day.

There is no perfect formula for how many cups of water each person should drink. Research suggests the amount of fluid you need is based on your weight, your activity level and the climate you live in. Generally 8 to 10 cups of fluid each day is recommended.

That sounds like a huge amount of water to drink. But about 20% of it comes from the food we eat. Many fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water by weight.  The other 80% comes from the beverages we drink.  Milk and juice, and tea and coffee can contribute to the 80%, as they are composed of mostly water.

Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, caffeine free, inexpensive and readily available. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

Let’s take the 10-cup rule and look at my day. 20% comes from my food and we’ll say that’s 2 cups. So that means I need 8 cups from fluids.  Coffee is not the best choice but it does contribute, and almost everyone drinks it.

I have:

1 glass as soon as I get up

1 glass of milk with my cereal

1 cup of caffeine free coffee

1 glass midmorning

1 glass with lunch

1 cup of tea (caffeine free) with my afternoon snack

1 cup before supper

1 cup of tea after supper

You can see how the fluid level quickly adds up. I encourage you to take a look at your day and keep a fluid diary. Look to see if you are getting enough and make a plan to include more.

3.When should you drink it?

When you are feeling thirsty your body is sending a message that it needs fluid. Don’t ignore your thirst. Rehydrate with water.

The timing of when you drink water can contribute to weight loss. One study found that drinking water half an hour before meals is effective. It can make you feel more full, so that you eat fewer calories (28, 29).  In another study, people who drank 2 cups of water before meals lost 44% more weight, than the control group that didn’t drink water before the meal. (30).

It appears that drinking water before your meal will help to fill up your stomach. You will eat less food. It takes less food for you to feel full. This will eventually lead to weight loss.

Drink water it's your body's BFF!

Drink water it’s your body’s BFF!

TODAY’S little STEP: Gradually increase your water consumption. With the goal of 1 glass before each meal and with each snack. Substitute water for higher calorie beverages whenever you can.