Yes, friends, it’s January. So, since many folks are motivated to get in shape for the new year, let’s take a moment to focus on one of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of superior health: drinking plenty of water.
Ample water intake is one of the fundamental prerequisites to superior health. Water transports nutrients to your cells and bloodstream, flushes toxins from your body, protects and cushions vital organs and joints and helps to regulate your cooling system and prevent urinary tract infections. It also moistens the lungs to assist with the “ins-and-outs” of oxygen and carbon dioxide and remains a critical component to so many other basic bodily functions. And yet, nearly 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This can lead to nutrition, chemical and pH imbalances in the body, which can cause a myriad of problems, including headaches, constipation, joint pain, lower backache, dry skin, and even short-term “fuzzy” memory. Translation: Drink more water!
The secret to making sure you’re getting enough water is to simply always have access to top quality purified, spring or distilled water throughout the day. Establishing your own system for doing this is one of the most important habits you could ever have for lifelong health and wellness.
So if you haven’t done so well with ensuring that you get enough water, here’s a quick way to start getting enough:
Step One: Go to the store and buy a 1.5 liter jug of name-brand water.
Step Two: Start off in the morning with one of these and drink from it throughout the day. The idea is to take in steady, smaller amounts at a time, so that the jug is empty before bedtime. Of course, this will require that you keep the jug accessible throughout the day so you can continually sip from it. This might seem burdensome at first but, just like any new habit, you will soon find yourself drinking from it automatically, without even thinking about it. You will also seldom be thirsty. Using this same jug every day is the best way to keep track of exactly how much water you’re drinking.
Step Three: Establish a reliable water source so you can fill your jug up every morning. (This does not include tap water!) If you have access to a water cooler or, best of all, a purified water system, use that. If not, you might have to keep larger jugs from the store on hand, like the popular 2.5 gallon dispensers. If these aren’t available, you can use gallon jugs (with the idea being to consume the least amount of plastic that we can, and to recycle that which we do use). And again, stick with credible, name brands of water. It has been said that certain “in-house” grocery store label brands are not much better than tap water.
Advanced: If you are already in a groove of drinking a fair amount of water, then adjust the daily amount accordingly, drinking two-plus servings of these 1.5 liter jugs. (As a point of reference, I drink at least one full gallon per day, but usually more.) Your body is the ultimate authority on what it needs, so pay attention. Just make sure you’re not forcing yourself to drink.
Eventually: That is, as soon as possible, you will want to replace your store-bought plastic jug, since certain chemicals from the plastic can be leached out into your water supply. Instead, use either glass or hard plastic bottles.