Water, It’s Enchanted
I’m on my fourth cup of coffee and first glass of water for the day. It’s almost 2 p.m. This has been my life for the past few weeks. OK. I’ll be honest, that’s generally just my life…..there’s water in coffee, right?
Earlier this week I went to the doctor, and her number one recommendation was to drink more water. Of course, this wasn’t news to me. I know my body is thirsty; I’ve been dehydrating it for years. But I know hydrating my body is important, and I’ll hold myself accountable if I set a research-based intention and find some help from other water-haters.
I took to the Internet to do some research on this whole “water” thing. First-and-foremost, keeping your body hydrated is probably the best and easiest self-care you can give yourself. There are so many convincing lists as to the importance of water. If I drink the proper amount of water (six to eight, 8 oz glasses), I can prevent cancer, increase my productivity, avoid aging, ward off tiredness, lose weight, decrease joint pain, remove waste from my body, avert headaches, and make my skin glow.
Therefore, my research has deducted that water is magic. Why haven’t I been consuming this enchanted liquid?
Oh, right, because that flavor is oh-so-boring. Off to Google again to see if I can get some helpful tips on making the flavor of water more interesting. Here’s what I found:
- Infuse natural flavors like lemons, strawberries and limes to water to give it an all-natural, less bland flavor.
- Make ice cubes with these fresh fruits or herbs (like mint) to add a mild flavor.
- Unsweetened teas (green, black & herbal), both hot and cold are our friends. These alternative can help us reach that recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day.
- Carbonated, unsweetened waters can be a healthy, more interesting substitute to filtered tap water.
- Find a special glass that makes water more enjoyable to drink.
- Create enjoyable routines around drinking water, so that we look forward to its consumption.
Now that I know how much water I should drink, why it’s so important and have some tricks up my sleeve to make the process more interesting, I’m ready to set my intention:
I will start by drinking six glasses (8 ounces) of water every day. After six weeks of this habit, I’ll increase the number of glasses to eight.
Let me know if you want to join me on this water-based adventure! What are some ways you make sure you have enough water in your daily lives?
Disclaimer: I realize it’s an amazing privilege to have such easy access to clean, drinkable water. I’m aware that so many in this world, don’t have this opportunity. I realize my complaining about water seems like a whiny first-world problem, and it is. But I’m just being honest and real in this space. However, after writing this piece, I decided to give some money to Charity Water. If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, go here and give some money so people all around the world can have access to this “enchanted liquid”.