Except of course in my daily plan. I KNOW I should drink more water. I start each day with the intention of drinking more. I even make sure I have loads of bottled water under my desk at work so that I am well prepared. (don't worry I recycle all my water bottles so that not only do I get the water benefit but I make sure I don't add to junk going to landfilles)
So I decided to do some research - very unscientific research that is - on why I need to stick to a habit of drinking more water.
About.com Nutrition has this to say about water.....
Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. You need water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to your organs and tissues. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.
HMMMM sounds like a good reason to add water huh???
The article on About.com goes on to explain a great way to figure out how much we need to drink each day.... Take your weight and divide in half and that is the number of ounces you should drink a day. That is interesting as that puts me just over the normally recommended 8 cups of water a day, so I KNOW I am way under that. GRRRR.
How about some more info from over at chemcraft.net.....
Water is without a doubt one of the very best diet aids and fat reducers: look at what it does . . . Suppresses your appetite. Reduces sodium buildup and helps maintain muscle tone. It helps the body eliminate waste and toxins. Relieves fluid retention. If you don’t give your body water, it holds onto water tenaciously so it wont run out. Reduces fat deposits in the body by helping the body metabolize the fat that is stored in the body, however when your kidneys don’t get enough water, this causes the liver to become overloaded. Since the liver is the organ that metabolizes the fat, it can’t do that if it’s doing the kidneys job.
HMMMM, geesh another reason to drink it to help me on my journey to lose the weight that I have put on since my mom died in June.
Now these are not new facts or new information to me. I KNOW why I should drink water but I needed a little reminder of why those unopened bottles of water under my desk are not doing any good until the cap comes off.
How do you add more water into your day? Do you use those little flavor packets? Do you like your water with ice? Or ice cold from the fridge? Or at room temp?
I would love to hear any tips you have to make me get at least my recommended amount in every day.
Until next time.....
Keep on Creating......