Friday, July 29, 2011

Detox Series #3 -- Drink More Water

How are you doing with your cleaning supplies?  Made any changes yet?  I was going to wait until later to start the often intimidating challenge of changing what we eat but thought that it might be easier to start making REALLY SMALL changes now so that the bigger changes will not seem so drastic later!  Ready?

Challenge #1 -- Drink More Water

Pretty easy, huh!?

I know THEY say (who is THEY anyway!?) to drink eight 8oz glasses of water every day (that's 64oz total).  I know I didn't used to drink this much...but now I drink more -- six to eight 16oz glasses of water each day (that's 96oz-128oz)!  And, no, I don't spend all my time in the bathroom!

Your body needs to be fully hydrated to function to its fullest.  All this water also helps your liver and kidneys rid your body of toxins -- and isn't that what we are trying to do: Rid our bodies of the toxins that are already there and put in as few new toxins as possible?

Speaking of toxins...be conscious of what kind of water you are drinking.  Are you drinking "city" water?  It is full of chlorine, fluoride, hormones and probably other nasty stuff.  Do you have your own well?  Great!  Has it been tested?  Do you know what is in it?  While skimming Reader's Digest this week, I came across this article. I guess other people are thinking about their water too.

We have a well, but we haven't had it tested.  I'm not too concerned since we aren't on "city" water.  We use a Britta pitcher and filter now.  Buying distilled water from the grocery store (or getting your own distiller) would be a good choice too; although not practical for us -- we go through 4-5 gallons of water each day! We were gifted with a distiller to borrow for a while, but found that we didn't like to use it because produced so much heat to run and we were running it constantly to keep up with our water needs.  We're saving and hoping to get a Berkey Water Filter with the extra filter soon.  A Berkey filters out practically everything (you can even filter flood water) but is a gravity fed filter system so it requires NO electricity and produces NO heat! (We've had a Berkey for over three years now and love it!  The filters aren't cheap but only need to be replaced every 1-2 years...so this actually makes it cheaper than a Britta!)

Regardless of what is in your water, it's probably better for you than all the crazy stuff in other (non-natural) beverages. Here are some tips to help you drink more water:
1. Buy a filter of some sort -- city water (and some well water) just tastes nasty!
2. Add a bit of fruit -- lemon wedge, lime wedge, ice cubes made of fruit juice. (My new favorite is apple cider vinegar and a drop of stevia.)
3. Schedule your drinks -- breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, mid-afternoon, supper, evening.
4. Track your progress; know how much you are drinking.
5. Increase slowly -- one extra glass every couple of days; your body will get used to it and you won't have to spend your days in the bathroom!
6. Buy a re-usable water bottle -- stainless steel or BPA-free plastic, but don't forget to wash often! (I would stonglly suggest stainless steal or glass...pretty easy to find now and quite affordable.)

Blessings as you embark on this journey!  
What are your "drink more water" tips?


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