By Samantha Fox Olson
What if I shared with you just one action step that could positively influence your energy levels, joint and muscle pain and athletic performance, as well as help you lose weight? Would you apply it?
And what if I told you this one little detail was so easy to follow, that it truly takes barely any energy on your part to adhere to. Would it excite you?
Now I don’t know about you, but I love getting a lot of bang for my buck. I love creating simple refinements that provide huge results not only in my own life, but also in the life of those I personally help to transform.
If you are anything like me and the clients I coach to get in the best shape of their lives, then the answer to the above questions is a great big YES.
Water makes up about two thirds of our bodies! It is an essential element to our health and every single cell and organ relies on water to function. If that’s not inspiration to drink up, I’m not sure what else is.
Some of the miraculous functions of the body demanding water to function optimally include digestion, circulation, cellular communication, muscular contraction and extension; and I could go on and on.
This is not breaking news. This is a component of basic self-care. Yet, most people reach for food and beverages that cause dehydration. How crazy is that?!
Just a few of the many side effects of dehydration: Headaches and migraines, hunger, exhaustion, lack of energy and muscle and joint pains.
Again, I don’t know about you, but if I knew there may be a simple solution to the above, requiring zero medication and costing barely anything on a daily basis, I’d be all over it.
And the equation is easy:
- Greatly REDUCE what you put into your body and contributes to it working insanely hard to do something extraordinary using with minimal effort.
What to reduce or eliminate: Soda, coffee and processed foods, which contain high amounts of sodium.
- INCREASE the amount of hydrating foods, beverages and supplements that contribute to your body being optimally hydrated.
What to increase: Local, organic and GMO-free fruits and vegetables (watermelon, mangos, avocados, cucumbers, etc.), and natural electrolyte supplements for those with active lifestyles (I recommend Super Lytes).
How much water is enough water? On the average experts say eight 8oz. glasses of water a day is sufficient. For athletes drinking half of your body weight in ounces is another measure. However, if you are sweating and exercising your body with intensity, up to a gallon a day may be required.
How much water are you drinking daily?
Bonus, by not confusing hunger with being thirsty you may save yourself unwanted weight gain. If you are hungry, yet you know your body doesn’t require more food, drink water and watch the hunger dissipate.
Also, mid-day when you are feeling an energy dump, instead of grabbing that caffeinated beverage, drink a couple glasses of water and feel yourself come to life naturally.
Tips to getting the water you need:
- Drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up. You can add lemon for extra internal-cleansing and alkaline-inducing goodness. I also like to use warm water with a splash of raw, apple cider vinegar for a morning blessing to my body for extra internal cleansing and metabolism boosting.
- Drink before you are thirsty. Once you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
- Bring water in a glass jar with you when you leave the house.
Keep that body hydrated!
- Samantha Fox Olson, a wealth and wellness coach on Kaua‘i, is helping to transform the lives of countless people with an organic, GMO-free lifestyle. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free gift certificate toward your personalized transformation.