Water, Water, Everywhere
When I went sailing the other day, I thought about a lesson I learned in school. The earth is mostly made up of water. When you live on land and only see land, that’s hard to perceive. But the fact is the earth is 71% water.
Since I strive daily to live in harmony with nature, I pondered how much of our body is made of water? I searched for the answer on google and found answers ranging from 50-70% I was really hoping it would be around 70%, because that would be really cool for it to be the same as the Earth.
Water is an essential nutrient
Nonetheless, I want to stress the importance of staying hydrated. Water makes up a large percentage of our body and its role is very important. Water is to our body what oil is to a car. We have to have it to function properly.
Six Reasons To Drink Water
- Prevents Constipation
- Eliminates toxins and waste products
- Keeps muscles working
- Brain Function
- “Natual Cough Syrup”
- Curbs Appetite
Tips for Drinking More water
- Use a Get Clean Water Pitcher (tastes better!) and remove harmful disinfectants, lead, etc
- Fill reusable water bottles and keep in refrigerator so they are easy to grab and go! (I carry one with me everywhere I go!)
- Flavor it! (I add Shaklee Energizing Tea and Shaklee Performance) You can also add lemon, lime, oranges, pineapple, mint, blueberries. Whatever floats your fancy.
How Much Water Do I Need?
According to William Sears, MD, children need around an ounce of fluid per pound of body weight per day. For example, a 40 pound child needs around 40 ounces of fluid daily. An adult needs 1/2 ounce of fluid per pound of body weight per day. The easiest way to calculate your need is to take your body weight and divide by 2. That’s how many ounces you need daily. Ex. an adult weighing 120 pounds should consume 60 ounces daily.
Water is the best choice for fluid replacement. Adding a splash of 100% pure fruit juice is the best way to get a flavored water. Avoid artificial flavorings, colorings, and sweeteners.
What about soda?
Really???? Do I have to go there? Soft drinks are high in calories (or artificial sweeteners) and provide NO nutrients. My opinion… Why would you want to put food in your body that provides no nutritional value?