It’s so hard to stop making fun of Gwyneth Paltrow, but alas, I must get back on track and write about the true meaning of hydration. According to Dr. Oz, we lose more than 10-11 cups of water everyday – that’s a lot of pee and sweat. Here is more from the man himself about why drinking – water – not wine is so important:
“Replenishing the liquids your body loses is absolutely essential to look and feel your best. Water helps to deliver nutrients to every cell and organ in your body and clears away waste and toxins. It also helps regulate body temperature, supports digestion, keeps your skin looking smooth and young and lubricates your joints.” Pretty important stuff!
Since I stopped drinking Diet Coke 2 years ago, I have been drinking a lot more water, usually around 6 glasses a day. Lately, it’s been a little less, but to fulfill the needs of this blog, I’ll drink 8 glasses a day until the end of time or at least try to. I can tell you, that sometimes, when I drink water, I feel like I’ve had a coffee – it perks me right up – for real. I can also tell you, that when I don’t feel hydrated, I get very, very CRANKY. I don’t get h-angry (angry when I’m hungry) but if I haven’t had enough to drink – look out! I usually drink my water at room temperature, but I heard that it may be better for your metabolism to drink it cold. Either way, as long as I’m getting close to the recommended number of glasses a day, I’m happy.
To ensure that I’m staying on track, I’ve signed up for Dr. Oz’s Water Works Challenge – and no, it’s not a crying competition. Here is the link http://www.doctoroz.com/challenges/dr-ozs-water-works-challenge. I was honest – I only had 4 glasses today (plus 3 teas and 1 coffee). I’m going to aim for 6 tomorrow and 8 each day on the weekend. Good times.
Today, I’m grateful that I get to go to bed shortly. Sometimes, gratitude doesn’t have to be a big, grand thing.