Weekly Challenge #1: Hydration

It’s our first health challenge and it’s one of the MOST important changes you will make to better your health!

Water!

Drinking more water:

  • Prevents dehydration!  Your body is over 60% water. Water is used in every single body process, from digestion to blood circulation.  Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations and fainting.
  • Water helps you feel full, which means it helps with weight loss.  Plus, drinking water is 0 calories!
  • Water gives you energy!  If your cells are dehydrated, they shrivel up.  With proper water intake, your cells are like grapes – strong and full.  When dehydrated, your cells shrivel up like raisins – weak and soft.  Shriveled muscle cells make you feel weak and soft.  With proper hydration, your muscle cells are strong and full of energy, so you perform and feel better!
  • Water gets rid of toxins and waste in your body.  We all have waste and toxins, whether it’s byproducts of bodily processes or from food and beverage intake.  Your body needs to get rid of these items through our bathroom habits.  Water helps the kidneys filter out the waste and toxins, and rid your body of these unwanted substances.  If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys can not keep up with the filtering, leaving waste behind and putting you at greater risk for kidney stones.
  • Water prevents constipation and bloat!  Water keeps your digestive tract moving.  If you don’t drink enough water, your bodily will actually pull water out of your waste (stool) in order to work, thus resulting in constipation and bloat.
  • Water helps prevent wrinkles.  While water won’t decrease any skin damage you already have, it can decrease the appearance of it by plumping up your skin and acting as a natural moisturizer.

So your body works better, you feel better and you look better!  What a great benefit of water?

Most people want caffeine, or crave a certain flavor, and avoid water.  So here’s the challenge:

If you are not a water drinker at all, exchange one beverage a day for a glass of water.  Just one a day, you can do that!  If you need an extra challenge, switch 2 or 3 beverages a day with water!

If you are a semi-regular water drinker, maybe drinking water during exercise and occasionally with a meal, then exchange 2 of your non-water beverages a day with water.

If you are a regular water drinker, drink 64 ounces of water a day.  Already doing that?  Try drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day.

Try this for one week and make notes of how it effects your energy, your sense of feeling full, and your overall picture of health.

Comment below and let me know your water intake goal for Week 1.

Ready, set, drink!

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