Top Tip for Optimum Health

by tkogut on March 29, 2016

Top Tip for Optimum Health

What’s the one thing you can easily change today to be more healthy? Drink more water!

CBS reports that while most people know perfectly well that water is the way to go, up to 75 percent of the American population fall short of the 10 daily cups prescribed by the Institute of Medicine – which, in medical terms, means that most people in the U.S are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration.

Why is water so important for good health?

  1. Water helps maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite. We often mistake thirst for hunger so when you’re feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and wait to see if that curbs your appetite.
  2. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
  3. If you suffer from brain fog or feeling grumpy, it could be because you’re dehydrated….you will think more clearly when properly hydrated.
  4. For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint pain.
  5. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out waste and bacteria that can cause disease.
  6. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches. Your brain is 85% water….what’s the difference between a plum and a raisin? Water…so if your brain doesn’t have enough water, it shrinks a bit causing headaches.
  7. Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation  underneath layers of skin to five it a healthy glowing appearance.
  8. Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
  9. Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.


Tips to ensure you get enough water every day.

  1. How much water should you drink? Half your body weight = ounces of water to drink a day. If you weigh 160lbs, you need to drink 80 oz of water a day. If you are obese, this formula will not work. Consult your physician to find out the proper amount.
  2. Get yourself a glass container that holds the amount of water you need to drink a day and don’t go to bed until it’s empty. You will train yourself to drink it throughout the day so you don’t have to drink a bunch before bed and be up all night using the bathroom.
  3. Drink 16oz first thing in the morning. Drink 2-160z at work (take a glass container that holds 32oz of water). Drink 16oz when you get home. Then a couple hours later, drink 16 more ounces and there’s your 80 oz.
  4. Make sure to spread it out during the day and don’t drink it all at once for better absorption.
  5. If you exercise, drink water while working out but don’t count that towards your daily intake.
  6. If you work in the heat and sweat all day, you will need to consume more water than the norm.
  7. AVOID BOTTLED WATER!!!!!  The plastic is leaching toxins into the water and wreaking havoc on your health! Always use glass.
  8. Spring water is best and well water is second best.

I advise you to listen to Shawn Stevenson’s podcast, The Model Health Show, Episode 73. (here’s a link to the transcript) He dives deeper into this subject and it’s fascinating.

signaturesmWas this article helpful to you? Did you know how important water is to maintain good health? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.


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