I assume they are asking “What’s the simplest thing I can do to look better, feel better, make healthier choices?” My response is always DRINK MORE WATER!
Our bodies are mostly (60%) water. Drinking more fresh, CLEAN water is still the best starting point for maintaining a healthy body. Not cola, coffee, tea, juice, beer or energy drinks. WATER. If you need these other beverages (although you should never NEED cola or soft drinks) drink your water FIRST, then, that cup of coffee or tea.
Unless your live in some idyllic place surrounded by a crystal clear, fresh spring, babbling brook public water supply...AVOID TAP WATER. If there is any way that you can afford bottled (especially purified) water, it is a wise investment in your health. Why?
Let’s look at my local tap water. It was pumped from a nearby lake, minimally processed, filtered, fluoridated and chlorinated. It flows to my condo through aged and deteriorating pipes and plumbing and then flows from my tap that is crusted with calcium and mineral deposits...IF it makes it through the sand clogged screen. In your house it may also travel through your water softener which also adds sodium to your tap water.
After you use that water to drink or bathe or flush your toilet, it travels back to another treatment facility where it is again minimally processed and filtered and flows downstream back to that same lake - and the entire process begins again. My tap water stinks, tastes BAD and has visible “floaties”. The website of my local water supply company has posted warnings to pregnant and breastfeeding women to consult their physician before consuming.
I spend less than 89 cents on average for a gallon of purified water. If I could carry more, (I walk to the neighboring store) I would buy more and it would be even cheaper. Your choice, but it has made a noticeable and positive difference in MY health.
But, back to why you should drink water.
- Water cleanses your organs and digestive system and helps your body maintain adequate blood volume. It helps your liver and kidneys filter and eliminate excess sodium and toxins. Water consumption also reduces the occurrence of kidney stones. And proper hydration helps brain function and also reduces headaches.
- Proper hydration allows/aids perspiration (sweating) which also eliminates toxins and helps regulate body temperature. It can also improve the condition and appearance of your skin.
- Water aids digestion, reduces calorie consumption and reduces the occurrence of constipation.
OK, I’m convinced! How much water should I drink?
Take your weight and divide by 2. That number is a good starting point for the number of ounces you should consume. For example: if you weigh 160 pounds/2= 80 ounces. So for you eight ten ounce glasses (actually many coffee cups are 10 ounces) spread throughout the day would be a good starting point. Drink more if it’s hot and you are sweating more. And drink that first glass of water as soon as you wake up.
Try increasing your water intake, replacing tap water with purified water and reducing or eliminating soft drinks, energy drinks, sweetened or flavored juices and drinks and you WILL experience positive and healthy changes as early as one to two weeks!
Thanks for your time. - Coach Kevin
NOTE: Who should NOT drink more water?
If you have cardiac issues and you’ve been prescribed diuretics and/or you are on a fluid restricted diet OR you have any renal (kidney) issues DO NOT INCREASE YOUR FLUID INTAKE. Always consult your physician before making changes that would affect your diet or medical condition.