Drinking Water to a Healthier You

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Let’s talk about water today, shall we?  Did you know that water helps maintain a healthy weight, aids in weight loss, helps control calories, helps the body’s fluid balance, promotes beautiful skin, fuels the muscles, helps with kidney function, increases productivity and brain function, helps with fatigue, promotes regularity, prevents sickness, helps control pain, helps flush toxins out of the body, treats headaches and migraines, improves mood, and helps digestion?

Your liquid assets

 

The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.

Body composition varies according to gender and fitness level, because fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue. The average adult male is about 60% water. The average adult woman is about 55% water because women naturally have more fatty tissue than men. Overweight men and women have less water, as a percent, than their leaner counterparts.

  • Babies and children have the highest percentage of water.
  • Adult men contain the next highest level of water.
  • Adult women contain a lower percentage of water than babies or men.

Water is so important for our body to run at its maximum capacity.  I think we often underestimate what water does for us and how much water we need.  Here’s a video I like that explains a bit more about why water is important for our bodies:

My team members and I recently did a Water Challenge in our essential oils group and I learned that I do not drink enough water each day.  I always thought I was getting enough water but then I calculated the amount of water my body needs each day
here:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/water_calculator.htm and found out I was not.

Did you also know that the times of day you drink water and the type of water you drink are important factors in keeping your body healthy?  It’s true!

 

drinking water at correct time

 

1. After waking up
Drinking water after waking up is a great way to activate the internal organs: liver included. Consuming water first thing in the morning helps flush circulating toxins out prior to the first meal of the day. Unfortunately, many people reach for a cup of coffee in the morning before a glass of water. Because coffee is a diuretic, it encourages fluid loss, which is dehydrating and increases blood viscosity. Thicker blood provides a greater toxin-filtering challenge to the liver than thinner blood.

2. Before a meal
Drinking water thirty minutes before each meal helps with satiety, reducing the chances of overeating. Because overeating can contribute to obesity and fatty liver disease, water consumption prior to eating can help keep the liver lean. In addition, water before a meal helps prepare the stomach for food by stimulating digestive enzymes and bile production.

3. After a meal
Drinking water an hour after a meal will assist your body in absorbing the nutrients.

4. Prior to and following physical activity
As we all know, staying physically fit is key for wellness, including optimal liver health. Drinking water before and after physical activity protects against dehydration. Especially for someone with a fibrotic liver, dehydration means thicker blood that makes filtration by the liver that much more challenging. Drinking water before and after a workout prevents dehydration, therefore protecting the liver from processing a backlog of toxins.

5. Before a bath or shower
Drink one glass of water before taking a bath to help lower your blood pressure.

6. Before sleep
Experts don’t necessarily agree on how soon before bed, but most concur that drinking a glass before bed provides the body with water needed to aid in detoxification during sleep. And replenish any fluid loss that can occur during the night. Although some advocates suggest a glass right before bed, others advise having your last drink of water two hours prior to bed if going to the restroom at night is an issue.

There are other factors that influence your water needs! You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status, and if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.

In case you haven’t heard….all water is not created equal.  Be aware of what you are buying, drinking, and putting into your body!  Our bodies are designed to be pH neutral to slightly alkaline.  When we drink sodas and purified non mineral waters, they are very acidic and can cause negative effects inside our bodies.

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According to Dr. Axe:

What are the effects of acidity on health?

  • Allergies, asthma and congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent colds
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Skin problems
  • Ulcers
  • Weight gain

Over the long term, acidosis can lead to:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke

We were first introduced to alkaline water and the benefits about 6 years ago from a Naturopathic Doctor. I used to get headaches all the time and when I told the doctor this, she suggested drinking alkaline water.  So, we started out getting gallons of alkaline water from her and then eventually, I did a lot of research on different water ionizers and chose a Tyent water ionizer.

We have been using a Tyent water ionizer for about 5 years now and have had some really amazing results by drinking this water. I no longer get horrible tension and migraine headaches (my Young Living Essential Oils help me in this area, too, by encouraging my body’s proper function) .  We also have more energy, our eyes are brighter, hair is shinier, skin looks healthier.

When people come to our house, they always ask, “what is that??”  It does look different but it has helped us obtain much better health.  Here is the ionizer we have:

Ionizer

 

Here are some other great benefits to drinking alkaline water:

http://www.tyentusa.com/amazing-benefits/

And some helpful videos, too:

http://www.tyentusa.com/tyent-videos/

If you are interested at all in the Tyent ionizer, let me know and I can get you more information and a discount.  They are pricey but a great investment in your health and wellness.

You will also want to drink your water from either a glass or stainless steel material.  Don’t drink it from plastic as the plastic can leach into your water.   Check out HomeGoods and TJ Maxx!  I have seen glass water bottles for $6.99 each! Awesome deal! We use a double insulated, stainless steel water bottle from ThinkSport.  All four of us have the 25 ounce bottle and love it: http://shop.gothinkbaby.com/Thinksport-Insulated-Sports-Bottle–25oz-750ml–Metallic-Orange_p_169.html

Here’s the one I have:

Thinksport

 

A great tip that one of my team members shared with us during our Water Challenge was to get at least half of your water intake in by noon each day.  That way, you can get the other half in the second part of your day, in plenty of time before bed, and you won’t be up all night going to the bathroom.  Good tip!  Thanks, Karen!

It’s All About the Journey…

 

 

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