Step 2: Drink water – lots of it!
Our bodies consist of 60% water. There are no processes or functions in our bodies that water does not play a part in: digestion, circulation, transmission of electrical currents (controlling and maintaining nerves, hormones, muscles), absorption of nutrients, detoxification. Through sweating, urination, and crying, water also helps eliminate waste products and toxins from our bodies.
The best way to get all the benefits of water is to consume it in its purest form. Remember the rule of 8: Challenge yourself to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day. It’s not much, but often instead of pure water, we choose juice, coffee, and other substances for hydration instead of water. Studies show that when individuals drank 8 glasses of water daily, energy levels increased, various pains lessened, and an overall sense of well-being improved. With all the various health products and practices out there, drinking appropriate amounts of water is one of the best things you can do for yourself – and (in most parts of the world) it is cheap and readily available!
Try and drink the best quality water you can – while tap water is often safe, in some places it may contain lead, nitrates and other potentially harmful chemicals. Also, be aware that some municipalities add chloramines or chlorine to the water as a decontaminant – if you are looking to avoid fluoride, research your area’s water policies. Consider using solid carbon filters or reverse osmosis filters. Avoid bottled water – not only is it bad for the environment, but the plastic can sometimes leach into the water, especially in high temperatures. Taking water with you on the go is important, but use aluminum or stainless steel reusable water bottles – they have the least health concerns of all the reusable container options.
If you are used to something with a bit more flavor, try squeezing a bit of lemon or lime into water – it will add flavor and nutrients.
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