I applaud the water bottling companies for their ingenious attempt to “make-over” water! Yes, my friends, you may not have noticed it, but water is being made over, right before your very eyes. Recently, I’ve seen the sleeker, more eco-friendly bottles, some with cool blue hues to attract a more discriminating consumer, others with a more minimalist approach – clear bottle, scarcely worded labels – you catch my drift. But why do I applaud them? Because they are in the business of selling perhaps the most therapeutic and health-preserving remedy known to man – Water. Okay, call me naive for actually believing that the companies are in it for your health. There’s a lot of profit in selling plastic bottles! But I wish to just ponder for a second, in my warped reality, about the millions of potential soda purchasing teenagers who were lured into picking up a shiny bottle of water instead. Call me nuts!
So, let’s talk about water – the mystery and the magic! I overstate (as is my custom) for effect. We’re actually going to be discussing the benefits of water, why drinking it as often as possible could improve your health (obvious) and extend your life (these statements have not been approved by the FDA). In a nutshell, water transports nutrients and hormones to vital organs. It also gets in there and gets rid of all the stuff that shouldn’t be there. Yippie!! It hydrates and aids in digestion. It’s truly the miracle liquid. It does quite a few more things for the body as well…
- Removes toxins and waste from your body
- Aids in weight loss
- Improves energy
- Keeps skin healthy
- Improves brain function
- Reduces risk of heart-attack
- Improves immune system
To maintain optimum function, being well hydrated is necessary. It is not always easy to drink the recommended 8 glasses a day, for some, even 4 or 5 glasses is hard. This was a challenge for me as well, so I implemented a few strategic “inspirations” that kept me on track and may work for you as well.
- Carry water with you everywhere you go – preferably in a glass bottle or container (like a Perrier bottle)
- Keep a glass or bottle of water next to you when you’re sitting for extended periods of time – like at your desk at work
- Set your “water” alarm to remind you to drink your water at set intervals
- Add lemons or mint leaves to your water to make it more appealing
- Eat water-rich fruit such as melons
It goes without saying that water is the end-all-be-all when it comes to health management. It purifies, hydrates and refreshes the body in ways no other liquid or solid can boast. Water does it all, because indeed, water is your friend!