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The Hype About Water

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Water. We know it's important that we consume 8 glasses of water a day. The bible even mentions drinking water in Ezekiel 4:11. It says, "Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink."

So, why exactly is water so important? Here are just a few facts I have found concerning the matter of water:
The body is 75% water.
The brain is 85%
Blood is 80%
Muscle is 75%

Water is the lubricant of all moving parts. It is the regulator of body temperature. When there is a deficiency of water, the process of elimination will continue, but to do so the blood and tissues will be robbed of some of their water content. This hinders there normal functions and can cause headaches, tiredness, and constipation, to name a few. It causes your pores to not be able to eliminate wastes from the body properly.

It is very important to keep your body stored with water because it keeps your metabolism running properly. When we begin to dehydrate it is like our car running out of oil. It will cause the engine to eventually break down. It's the same way with our bodies. We need to maintain our fluids with 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

I decided to start drinking water more consistently back in early June. I am a tea drinking southerner and had to wean myself from my tea. It was very hard to do, but I am now drinking lots of water a day and feel so much better.
To start off, I went and bought a 32 ounce sports bottle. I decided that 8 glasses of water is 64 ounces, so I needed to try to drink my sport bottle of water twice a day. This made it very easy for me to measure how much I was drinking. Also, it allows me to fill it up and leave it in the fridge to stay cold and I can drink it throughout the day. I also use it during my workouts.

That's how the need for water started for me. I started off just forcing myself to drink the full 64 ounces a day, but steadily my body started craving it. I am now drinking about 96 ounces a day. Yep, you read that right. I currently go through my sports bottle of water about 3 times a day. Sometimes it's only 2-1/2, but I have noticed over the last week or so I have been drinking more. My body just wants water.
I notice now when I wake up in the mornings my hands are not near as swollen and if they are after that much water it's generally because I went over my sodium the previous day. I feel better. My muscles seem to not be as sore after a workout. My facial breakouts have gone way down! I just can't imagine now how I ever went without drinking all this water.
Now, I highly recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. I have found that the "hype about water" isn't a "hype" at all! It is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. If the facts I listed at the beginning don't convince you, I hope that you will at least try it and see what it does for you.
Honestly, the sports bottle has helped me the most, because I can see exactly how much I am drinking. Most of the time I drink a full sports bottle just in my 1 - 1.5 hour workout each morning! Then I drink another bottle full through the noon day and then another throughout the late afternoon and evening.
So, go ahead. Try to drink 6 glasses a day to start out and work your way up. You will be glad you did!

I love my water!
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  • KAT573
    Kudos on finding a way to incorporate water into your Lifestyle change! Water is very important, and one part of an entire approach to lifestyle change; as such, I think credit for the changes I have experienced, since I am eating more nutritionally, exercising regularly, taking advantage of the support here and in the community, AND drinking water in a balanced manner, all contribute to the physcial, mental, and spiritual changes I have experienced so far. Too much water, like too much of anything, can be toxic, get us off-balance, etc. Keep on keeping on!
    4306 days ago
  • FIEL19Z
    Wow great information. I also use a sports bottle for my water but since I have just "restarted" my new lifestyle I am not drinking as much as I should be but I am working my way up. Great blog post!!!!
    4307 days ago
    Thank you so much for your blog. I am new to SP and this is the first time I have really paid attention to my water intake. I now have a bottle of water with a straw in it available at all times at work. I found that I drink twice as much water during the day if I use the straw method. I certainly don't know why. When we go out to eat I never order a beverage anymore - I order water with lemon or lime, depending which the restaurant serves.
    4307 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/30/2009 12:04:12 PM
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    I went through the same thing you mentioned at the end. Water is just about all I drink.

    4307 days ago
    I loved this. I am getting totally into water, drinking 3 litres a day. Sometimes I set myself a timeframe as it seems easier for me that way.
    while I'm posting on SP)

    I like to drink heaps during the day so I don't have to get up all night... ;)

    Today, I'm showing off and have drunk 4.5 litres.

    My eyes are looking brighter, and less puffy.

    and what's more.....
    my weight is going down after being stuck on a plateau. Thanks for your blog, I needed to read again what I am doing this for.


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    4307 days ago
    Great information! Another side benefit is that if you ever need you blood drawn or an IV started your veins pop up better if you are well hydrated!!

    4307 days ago
  • SAPPHIRE1751
    Drinnking more water is something I've really worked hard to make sure I'm getting enough of. I use to have to have flavored water to get it down, now I just love it all the time! Thanks for the really information post and brining it back to basics.
    4308 days ago
    I love lemon in my water! I failed to mention in the blog, but water is also great for your teeth too. It doesn't leave stains and it sure isn't sugary to eat at the enamel! Just another reason to drink water!
    4308 days ago
    Thanks for posting this. I *know* how important water is, but I get bored with it. One of the things I do is flavor it a bit. Sometimes just a lemon, othertimes lipton diet iced tea mix. It really helps me down the 8 - 10 I need daily (also a coffee drinker!).
    4308 days ago
    I agree about having a sports bottle in terms of the visibility. Your strategy for scheduling water might work for me. It always seems that even if the intention to drink is there, I don't always have the "drink reflex" working.

    I am a coffee drinker and I am not willing to give it up, but to compensate by a 2:1 ratio. For every cup of coffee I "try" to drink 2 glasses of water.

    I also concur about the complexion, and the craving water.

    Thank you for these thoughtful reflections on a subject that must concern us all.
    4308 days ago
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