If you struggle with your water intake, here are some tips to get you going:
Add these in your water for a pop of flavor! Mint, sliced cucumbers, strawberries - or any other fruit of your choice
Keep a container of water with you at all times. At your desk, in your car, in your purse
Fill your ice cube tray with freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice and add them to your water
Drink a full glass of water right after you wake up in the morning
Drink herbal tea for extra flavor and nutrients
Set alerts on your phone throughout the day to remind you
Place post it notes around your house or at your desk as a reminder
Eat more foods with a high water content such as cucumbers, melons, celery
Track your water intake daily
I don’t want to be a nag, but I've noticed that many of my clients don’t drink water. You want nice skin, but don’t drink water? We've all heard the facts and figures, but somehow it still is not a priority for many of us. So I’m taking it upon myself to drill it into your head...Drink more water!! And here’s why...
Our bodies are made of 60% water and it’s involved in most of our main body and skin functions. When you think of the uses of water in general, what comes to mind? It flushes out toxins, transports nutrients, produces tears to hydrate our eyes, produces saliva to moisturize our mouth, keeps our joints lubricated and skin supple.
Next time you urinate, take notice of the color, smell and how much do you produce each time you visit the bathroom. If you’re well hydrated it will be clear and free of odor. It’s important to take note of these things because it’s linked to the health of your kidneys. The kidneys are a vital organ because they remove waste and toxins from the body, produce red blood cells and hormones, which regulate blood pressure. Being chronically dehydrated may put you at a greater risk for developing kidney stones. Ouch! Go ahead, take a water break right now!
Staying hydrated is also crucial for digestion and normal bowel function. It helps food move through the intestines and prevents constipation. The body also needs water to maintain body temperature and to keep our muscles from fatiguing.
So how much water is enough? That depends on many different factors, but a good rule of thumb is dividing your body weight in half and drinking that much in ounces every day. Of course, other fluids you intake during the day counts towards that number as well. It’s true there’s water in coffee, however, caffeine is a mild diuretic.
We lose more water when we exercise and during hot weather so remember to up your intake even more during these times. I hope this post has been helpful and motivating. Keep in mind the next time you come in to see me, I’m going to ask how much water you’ve been drinking! It affects your skin, hair and wax results.