Welcome to summer. The days are longer, funner (okay “more fun”), and hotter. If you’re anything like me, you’d much prefer a smoothie or homemade lemonade to quench that thirst, and since I stopped drinking soda a few years ago, these are the sweetest options I’ll get.
And yet, sometimes to my chagrin, these delicious drinks won’t cut it. I need old-fashioned hydration…. WATER.
In my past life I used to shy away from this colorless, tasteless, fun-less liquid. Whether I have quick digestion or a small bladder, I abhor using the restroom. It’s an inconvenience at work, an interruption from projects, and an unnecessary stressor traveling. However, believing that God Almighty has some plan for creating this anatomical filtration system, I’ve recently made a purposed effort to consume more H2O.
And guess what?! I feel better. Of course there are days when I don’t live up to the 6 8-oz glasses, but there are other days I’m double that suggestion. Here’s what more water can do for you:
1. More energy: Believe it or not, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, water increases energy 10-fold. Have the 2:30pm office slump? Snack on a few protein-rich almonds and keep sipping that water. Personally, I am encouraged by straws rather than open-mouth cups…the sucking satisfies my oral fixation usually alleviated by biting nails. Water is much less destructive. If you poop out traveling, bring an empty water bottle to fill up after security thereby saving a couple dollars and warding off sluggish tendencies.
2. Fewer colds: Hydration aids the mucus membranes which keep out germs. When they dry out, germs can easily penetrate the nasal and mouth passages. Even if you do catch a cold or the flu, drinking lots of water will literally flush out the bug and lower the severity of your symptoms.
3. Lighter Headaches: If you’re suffering from a headache as a result of genes, menstrual cycle, or dehydration, drink as much water as you can stand, especially before going to sleep. In my own experience my headaches are significantly decreased when I drink more water. Drink it as a preventative or immediate care solution, especially if you don’t like taking over-the-counter medication that can cause stomach bleeding used over long-term.
4. Moisturizer: Water moisturizes skin on your hands, face, and the rest of your body. If you want a glowing complexion, use a good exfoliate and drink a ton of agua. The cells are rejuvenated, giving you a healthy color.
5. Prevents Constipation: Okay, I know we’re not 65- years-old yet, but changes in routine or diet can often mess with our digestion. Water helps regulate this and ensures our bathroom time is short and sweet.
6. Detox: Forget chili pepper lemonade diets and fancy juicers…water is the best detox dietavailable. Drinking water flushes out toxins and cleans out your pipes, making you truly feel cleaner inside. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at your urine changes throughout the day and if you get to clear, you can be sure of pristine pipes.