Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Goal #2: Hydration

My goal #1 was to revamp my diet! And I took positive steps in the right direction today! I blended myself a green smoothie before I headed out the door this morning. Ate a banana for a mid morning snack and enjoyed a peanut butter and banana sandwich for lunch! Then I topped my afternoon off with some grapes for the drive home! So as you can see, steps in a positive direction!

My goal #2 is one that I used to be so good about, but the last few months have completely stopped doing! Drinking water! Water not only fills you up, makes you healthier, but just makes you feel better!

Here are some benefits of drinking water:

  1. Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories.
  2. Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.
  3. Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.
  4. Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.
  5. Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.
  6. Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
  7. Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
  8. Less Likely to Get Sick and Feel Healthy: Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water adds with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. In another words one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system.
  9. Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.
  10. Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.
  11. Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.
There is many positives things about drinking water! Since I have stopped drinking water all day long I have noticed that my sugar cravings have gotten really bad. My skin tends to break out more. And I am sure there are other things that I don't even relate to the absence of water.

So my next goal to steps in the right direction is to drink water! Lot's of water! It is recommended a half of ounce to one whole ounce for every pound you weigh. That means I better start drinking right now!

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