WATER! you are what you drink.

Came across this great image on Facebook and felt compelled to share.

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WATER’S EFFECT ON THE BODY!
Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose. Protects body organs and tissues, Helps prevent constipation, helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.

HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU NEED TO DRINK? WHEN TO DRINK?
To better determine how much water you need each day, divide your body weight in half. The answer is the approximate number of water ounces you should drink daily. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces.

If you weight 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces water (3.13 quarts, 2.98 liters or about 10-12 cups of water a day). If you weigh closer to 100 pounds you will need only about 50 ounces of water or about four 12-ounce glasses daily.

Individuals who are physically active or live in hot climates may needs to drink more.

WHAT SHOULD WE DRINK? WHAT SHOULDN’T WE DRINK?
We are designed to drink pure, natural water.

  • Avoiding sodas/soft drinks to provide your fluid needs. The high sugar content and artificial flavors in soft drinks are harmful to your health.
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks contain water, but the diuretics contained in these caffeinated beverages flush water out of your body. Don’t count on them to replenish fluid loss.
  • It is OK to drink them occasionally, but if you drink them constantly and don’t drink enough pure natural water, then you are severely compromising your long-term health.
  • Natural pure water is the best choice. If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle and long-term health, make water a habit and a priority in your life.

When I get up in the morning I have 0ne or two glasses of water usually with a bit of lemon squeezed into the glass. Morning is when you are most full of toxin and dehydrated. Reach for a big glass of water first thing in the morning – before coffee! This water in the morning really gets the blood flowing.

I do drink more when exercising and here are some good tips for knowing if you are in fact hydrated:

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE DEHYDRATED?
If you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated. A dry mouth should be regarded as the last outward sign of dehydration. That’s because thirst does not develop until body fluids are depleted well bellow levels required for optimal functioning.

Monitor your urine to make sure you are not dehydrated:

  • A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
  • A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
  • A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine.

Stay hydrated!

To your health,

Elena

Sources: http://www.watercure.com/faq.html  and  https://www.facebook.com/dave.sommers1

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  • denisedesigned
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    Reblogged this on denise designed and commented:
    I didn’t really want to do another post for the day, but I have felt kinda funky all day long and happened to see this blog. What I realized…I looked and felt bad because I have not had enough water today. Water really does all the great things to our body, which, as a result, will allow us to feel better overall. Go drink a glass of water. I am!!!

  • Bridget29
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    How about natural fruit juices, such as fresh squeezed orange juice? Do they count as liquid intake?

    • Elena
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      Hi Bridget, from my research I know that juices do count as they do hydrate the body. In fact apple juice and water promotes hydration, as apple juice contains fructose, a key sugar which opens pathways for water to infiltrate cells.
      Personally, I try to keep my sugar intake down to prevent yeast overgrowth and prompte good bacteria in my digestive track, so I mostly stick with water.
      Thank yuo for stopping by!
      Elena

  • stephglaser
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    Thanks for the advice, Elena — I live in a mountain town in Colorado and I feel like I need to constantly drink water to avoid dehydration and the effects of living in a higher altitude. Water is so important! Thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by Travel Oops! Cheers, Steph

    • Elena
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      Steph, Thank you for reading!
      I do think we all need an occasional reminder of what are the basic necessities for us to stay healthy and water is definitely one of them 🙂
      Best,
      Elena

  • Reply

    This is an excellent post, Elena. I am glad I stopped and read. I am particularly fascinated by this:
    “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE DEHYDRATED?
    If you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated. A dry mouth should be regarded as the last outward sign of dehydration. That’s because thirst does not develop until body fluids are depleted well bellow levels required for optimal functioning.

    Monitor your urine to make sure you are not dehydrated:
    •A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
    •A moderately dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
    •A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine”.

    Thanks for sharing. God blesses.

    • Elena
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      Hi Noel,
      Thank you!
      Yes I also find these signs helpful. It works with kids too, my 4 year old who is not a big drinker, now is fascinated by being able to keep the color of her urine clear 🙂 and I am happy as she is staying hydrated.
      Thank you for visiting!
      Elena

  • Reply

    Reblogged this on This Blogging Thing and commented:
    “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Therefore, brothers and sister, we must take care of our bodies, even as we take care of our places of worship.

  • lindsbrown2013
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    So important! Thanks for sharing this. I’m constantly talking about hydration to my kids and husband, but at least for my husband, reading this blog will be helpful for him to hear it from someone else! Thanks!!!

    • Elena
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      Thank you Linds!Same here I have to remind everyone in my family to drink water, to remember and take their supplements 🙁
      I never understand how can they forget such essential things, even my 14 y.o. – who has eczema and her vitamins are the only thing that keep it under control – still forgets to take them?! LOL – but hey, no one said that a job of a mom is an easy one 😉
      Thank you for stoping by!
      Elena

  • cookingwithsapana
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    Hi ! Elena . Thanks for visiting my space. You have a nice blog and I would be so happy to follow you.

    • Elena
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      Thank you so much for stopping by! I love your blog Sapana, beautiful photos and yummy recipes 🙂

  • thehealthy1
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    Reblogged this on The Art Of Good Health.

  • Iamrcc
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    I enjoyed this post. It is not only good to learn something, but to reinforce those positive things that you are doing. I know to drink water and I keep a jug or a glass next to me. My problem is when I get busy, I forget to drink it. So I’m usually playing catch up in the evening and of course getting up in the middle of the night. Thanks for the like of my post “Signs of Things to Come”.

    • Elena
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      I am the same way – forget to drink 🙁 So now I drink 3-4 glasses in the morning before breakfast, that seems easy as I am in the kitchen anyway. I get up, drink one glass immediately with few drops of lemon juice, and then couple of glasses while getting ready, making breakfast, etc. That way I at least get rehydrated in the morning, and throughout the day I just try and remember to drink a glass before each meal.
      Thank you very much for stopping by! Elena

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