I do talk about water a lot. I know this. I love water, I think it is growing up in Scotland were it tasted fresh and clean. I knew it came from the hills, we had a filtering system that we all helped my dad make. I remember it was half way up the lane from our house, to the road, and it was made with stones, from the big chuckies ( Aggregates) down to sand, so the water filtered out the ‘bits’, and apart from that, it was nature personified.
Of course it did mean that sometimes you could not drink it, or you bathed in brown muddy water, as mud can break down into nothing and still be a colour for the water. I have had many a brown bath, but I am not phased by this ( now) and I do not remember being distressed as a child, it was just a fact after a big storm, the water would be brown. BUT on the whole, the water was clear, delicious and tasted amazing. I swear it sparkled.
Why I am obsessed with water now, is for a totally different reason. Our bodies need it. Our bodies are made up of water. It is part of our life blood system really. I do not think that is dramatic, I think we forget it far too frequently. Or we convince ourselves that soda, coffee tea and alcohol all have water in so that is part of our daily quota taken care off, so the small amount we swallow when brushing our teeth is acceptable.
We need half our body weight in water, so if you weigh 150lbs, then you need 75fl.oz of water. Now here in the States we do our weight in pounds, a hard concept for me when I arrived, but in countries that use stones, you need to convert, for ease 10 stone is 140lbs. A good reference point to come back too!
That amount of water is just for normal daily bodily functions, think of it as showering your organs, giving them the chance to feel fresh and clean. If you exercise, live in a hot climate, are sweating ( glowing for the ladies reading this) pregnant etc, you need to drink more water than that.
Making water part of your day is important, and if you do not drink a lot, then when you up your intake , yes, you will be popping to the loo a lot more. Your body will settle down, and it will rejoice.
The benefits of drinking water are numerous:
- Feel more awake/less tired
- More energy
- Better skin
- Healthier organs
- Less hungry- ergo maintain or loose weight
- Better hair
- Brain function will improve
- Alertness will improve
Water is what our bodies desire, it needs water. If you want to look younger or at least your age, drink more water. If you want to feel more energised, drink water. Without water our bodies feel sluggish and tired. Our organs struggle to get rid of toxins that we consumed in food, drinks and snacks, or from the environment in air pollution, car fumes, heat and cooling systems, or from aircraft air system ( I throw that in as I am writing this on a plane and feeling the air is not stellar, I always seem to get ill after a long flight) . The make-up you wear, cleaning chemicals in the house. So may ways we take in toxins. So many ways.
You need to help your body, and the good news is, you can.
Drink more water and watch your body work harder and smarter for you.