H2-Oohhhh!

Like most of us, I am on my own health journey.  I am trying new things, I am a sponge for any information on nutrition and health, and I am trying to find a way that makes me feel my best physically.  What can I do, and how can I take care of my body so that I have boundless energy, feel comfortable physically, feel strong and capable, reduce stress, fight or prevent disease and set myself up to live a long and healthy life?  Sounds like a tall order, right?

Most of the time this very personal process is incredibly inspiring.  I love it when I make a small change and immediately feel the results!  It encourages me and confirms that I am on the right track. It inspires me to find more ways of living a whole and healthy life!

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I will encourage you to do the same (although, I suspect you are doing this already!).  Keep an ear on the ground, learn from others’ experiences, borrow ideas, keep an open mind, and listen to your own body – you will be surprised at the conversation it is trying to have with you!

Our health journeys are all unique, BUT there is one great thing that is good for each and every one of us:

H-2O baby! And lots of it!

Water hydrates your entire body, it gives you energy, it brings oxygen into your blood stream.

I love the Lululemon manifesto, (you should check it out!), and one of they things it says is: “Drink fresh water and as much as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.” Where do I sign?!

Here are a few ways that I make sure I get all the water I need:

hot-lemon-water

Start your day off right with a glass of hot or warm lemon water.  Hot lemon water is amazing in aiding digestion and elimination, it stimulates your liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins, is great for your skin, and seriously so much more! A bonus for me is that it relieves heartburn…

Simply boil some water (I like it warm, not hot, because then it’s gentle and drinkable!).  Icy cold water is like a shock to your system first thing in the morning – remember your body has effectively been fasting overnight. The juice of 1/2 a lemon in a cup of water works well for me. I also love adding freshly chopped ginger to my lemon water – it tastes like tea and you wouldn’t believe how fresh it makes you feel!  I’m really not one to exaggerate, but I truly feel energized after my morning glass of lemon water.  Ready to take on my day!

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Allright, so your body is now very happy after your morning lemon water, but now your day starts (along with your crazy to-do list) and it gets really hard to keep track of exactly how much water you are actually drinking throughout the day.

Here is a tip that works well for me:  If I spend my day at my desk I have a pretty pitcher full of water ready before I settle down to work.  I know the pitcher holds one litre  (4 glasses) so I know exactly how much water I am having throughout the day.  If you are at home, leave the water on your kitchen counter and refill your glass as you go about your day. Sometimes it is just easier to pour myself another glass of water if it is sitting right in front of me.  Weird psychology, I know, but it works!

If you don’t like water (Mom, I’m talking to you here!), you can add flavour to it.  Toss in a few pieces of sliced cucumber, peach or orange slices… there are so many ways to make it more pleasing to your taste buds!

out-and-about

Most of us don’t spend the day in one spot, so it is great to also have a water bottle on hand for when you are out and about.  I adore my happy green thermos that I got at the Healthy Living Summit last year. Thanks Athenos! This water bottle keeps water cold for a long time and I think it is so cute that I don’t mind walking down the street with it.

Can I just tell you how grumpy I get when I am thirsty?  Many a shopping trip has been interrupted by me having to buy a bottle of water before I can even focus on anything else.  I have learned my lesson and have gotten into the habit of always having water with me.  Not to mention that it is free from the tap and I’m not wasting water bottles.  Does a plight for the future of the earth make you remember to bring your own water?  Haha – nothing like a good guilt trip!

So do you think you can do it? If you put water right in front yourself, you may remember that you are thirsty!

Hey, remember to take good care of yourself today!

Leave a Comment

  • Allie Finch
    May 11, 2017

    Water is so important & one of the easiest ways to take care of ourselves. It’s amazing how invigorating & refreshing a simple glass of water can be!
    This is such a thoughtful post in a simple, pretty package. I love it!

  • Coleen
    May 12, 2017

    You could try strawberries, apple chunks and slices of oranges in your water too. It tastes great. The Woolworths coffee shop in our suburb serves the water in jugs this way and I always make sure to have a glass water there. Really refreshing.

  • Catherine
    May 13, 2017

    I drink water more than I drink anything else! Cantaloupe is another fruit that ups the tastiness of water. I’m going to try all of these suggestions this summer because my office is not air conditioned so I’m going to be drinking even more water than I do now.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 13, 2017

    Did you study graphic design? You have such a talent for it 🙂

  • Brenda
    May 13, 2017

    Thank you for this post. I went through a little health scare two weeks ago so I have been trying to drink more water. I really like your suggestions. I was drinking plastic bottles of water (gasp!) because I like my water at room temperature, not cold. Now that you have suggested a pitcher of water on the counter or desk, my problem is solved!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    May 15, 2017

    I’m all about water. I agree that nothing compares in refreshment. I love lemon with water too. I need to make it more often!

  • Ashley
    May 23, 2017

    I definitely do the warm lemon water, every day, ever since I started the detox back in January. Works like a charm! 😉 I love cucumber in water, but always forget to actually add it in. My mom is not a big water drinker at all either!

  • Karolina
    May 28, 2017

    I definitely don’t drink enough water, and can tell a difference in how i feel on the days i drink a lot vs days that I am dehydrated. Also, is there a way to subscribe to your posts as a whole instead of individually subscribing to comments on each post?

  • Madison Mayberry
    May 30, 2017

    I recently was given a Camelback water bottle by my mom which happened to coincide with the beginning of my half marathon training. I’ve been aiming for 72 to 96 ounces of water a day and can’t believe what a difference it has made in my runs! They have been so much easier and I have less headaches as well!