Week 7: Water. Plain and simple, but powerful and sensational for a healthy lifestyle.
Hydration offers many benefits, some affect the way we look, and some are less visible, but no less impacting. Wouldn’t you like to look and feel better?
Let’s breakdown the visible, the invisible, and the facts:
Water’s Beauty Secrets Unveiled:
Recently, my BFF and I were walking, and she stopped me mid-stride. “Look at me,” she said.
Stumped as to why, I turned and looked her in the eyes.
“You’ve got them too,” she said.
“Dark circles. The hospice nurse told me that my mom’s dark circles, and my own, were signs of dehydration. When we drink enough water, it reduces our dark circles.”
Good information. Research also concludes that water lessens the crevices of wrinkles. Brightens our skin. And gives us a healthy glow.
Water’s Unseen Health Benefits:
Fluid retention reduces when we drink more water. You’d think the opposite were true, but it’s a fact, the more you hydrate, the fewer ounces of water your body clutches.
The slightest dehydration will cause your metabolism to stutter and stall.
Headaches and fatigue are common signs that you need to drink at least an eight ounce glass of water.
Water purifies our bodies and washes it clean of accumulating poisons, waste, and toxins.
Some experts believe drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day can significantly reduce back and joint pain for many sufferers.
Drinking water consistently reduces the threat of many cancers. Among them? Breast, colon, and bladder.
Water Facts I Didn’t Know or Remember:
It’s estimated that our bodies are between 55 and 75 percent water, therefore, we need constant rehydration to replenish this important part of our being.
Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and in thirty-seven percent, thirst is mistaken for hunger. (So the next time you think you’re hungry and need a snack, or tired and need a nap, try downing a glass of water first.)
Even mild dehydration will slow your metabolism by approximately 3 percent.
Common problems like short term memory loss, fuzzy thinking, trouble with basic math, and difficulty concentrating on what you are trying to read, are triggered by a mere 2% drop in body water.
Our bodies are made of water and react favorably when we hydrate with plenty of it. Otherwise, we shrivel up like grapes that become raisins. So the next time you see dark circles, feel famished, or notice a dulling on your skin’s surface, it might be a tall glass of water is in order.
Are you drinking at least six to eight glasses of water every day? And did you know that for every ounce of caffeine you consume, you should drink ounce for ounce an equal amount of water, over and above your foundational six to eight?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker. She’s the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Christianbook.com.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Anita likes to lounge by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.