Better digestion, skin, blood flow. More energy, less headaches, better health and concentration. Weight loss AND less fine lines?!?! IN! What amazing tonic can do all of that and where do we buy it? WATER
It's literally a miracle worker. We are very lucky in this country to have fresh flowing water at our disposal, an abundance of types, styles, flavors, ph balanced, and fizzy or not in bottles at our whim. So why in the world do we not take full advantage of this?
A few months ago while I was staring into my rear view mirror at the horror that is my aging skin, in a moment of desperation I called a famous facial nurse for an appointment to fix me up. When I went to see her she said, "Honey you don't need lasers...you need a peel and lots of water. Those lines are from dehydration and the spots are from not wearing enough hats." So I was immediately on board. Funny that it took a moment (I mean i have a million of them a day) of vanity to get me to drink the one thing that could fix almost ALL of my other ailments. I quickly told Mieke and she was on the water train too...because...Jinx
Here are the top 10 reasons you need water (from Mind Body Green)
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss
Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins
Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
4. Improves Skin Complexion
Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Maintains Regularity
Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
6. Boosts Immune System
A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
7. Natural Headache Remedy
Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains
Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
9. Puts You In A Good Mood
When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
10. Save Money!
Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!
But now that we know we need and want to drink water how do we get that glorious stuff in our bodies in a Things We Heart approved way? Because heaven forbid we use a normal glass...right? Ugh...
Now if you are like me and Mieke, you may need a little boost to get that magic elixir down so here are a few easy, delicious and healthy ways to add a little pep into your hydration game.
- sliced strawberries
- wedge of lemon
- mint sprigs
- frozen pineapple and mint (my favorite)
Lastly, the rules of how much water you should drink keep changing but the old 8 glasses of 8 oz of water remains constant as an easy guideline to follow. Or check your pee! It should be almost colorless if you drink enough water all day...