Good Morning World!!! Hopefully you’ve taken the last month to detox and evaluate your daily routine to find areas for improvement. As the weather continues to warm-up, it’s important that we take a moment to make sure we’re all drinking enough water.
Many people think that all they need to stay hydrated is 8 – 8 oz. glasses of water (64 oz.) daily, when in reality you need to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. So the theory of 8 – 8 oz. glasses of water is perfect if you weigh 128 lbs!
I know drinking half of your body weight in ounces may seem overwhelming. My Father had this way of giving you a good visual of what is going on in your body without the proper water intake. Think of a stream….when there is high water in the stream everything moves freely downstream, but when the water is low things get stagnant. Items in the stream get stuck and then algae starts to grow and take over to the point where there is very little water moving downstream.
Now think of the stream as your body without the proper water intake and consider these points when thinking about the importance of water:
- Our bodies are about 60% water. As we get older, things become stagnant and that percentage decreases.
- If we’re getting enough water daily, we’ll see improvement in our organs and overall system.
- When we wake up in the morning we’re ½ inch taller than we are at night because of the cushioning fluid within our spinal cord. If we’re not drinking enough water throughout the day, then that cushion deteriorates which leads to degenerative disease – and this is why we are seeing more problems with the spinal cord than ever before.
- Also, if you’re not drinking enough water then why do you expect to have bowel movements! If you’ve ever gotten a colonic you’re familiar with that process of infusing water into the colon. The colon helps to get rid of toxins, but when the colon is overburdened it sends those toxins to the kidneys, liver, and throughout the rest of the body!
In addition to how much water we should drink, I’m often asked, especially in the summertime, if it’s better to drink cold water. The water you drink needs to be room temperature, not cold. We were once told to drink cold water because it burns fat, but your body doesn’t recognize the cold water and it flushes right out of your system without being absorbed by your body. When the water is room temperature it is easily absorbed by the stomach.
So here’s my challenge for you…whether you think you drink enough water, or need a constant reminder to increase your water intake, download a water drinking app on your phone and track your progress – the results might surprise you!