Getting healthy and staying healthy are both personal and financial commitments. The average monthly fee for a gym membership is $55. Weight loss or personal training programs can be hundreds of dollars a month. High-quality, organic, healthy food is an investment.
While the age-old mantra to drink “8 glasses of water a day,” isn’t accurate for everyone, there’s no arguing that most Americans don’t drink enough water. Some estimates state that 75 percent of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration. There’s even a study showing that drinking water makes children smarter!
Believe it or not, by the time you notice the sensation of thirst, you are already dehydrated!
Pretty staggering when you consider that water is the one nutrient that humans literally cannot go several days without. With water making up 85 percent of our brains and 60 percent of our bodies, it makes sense that dehydration would significantly affect the body. We wouldn’t expect a car to operate without fuel, so why expect our brains to operate at an optimum level without water?
The exact amount of water you need is dependent on your size, health, activity level, and diet. While it’s easy to set a goal of drinking plentiful amounts of water throughout the day (and many of us probably already have), it can be a challenge to see this goal through.
My goal is to drink two quarts of water first thing every morning to get a head start. Some days, it’s a struggle so I keep going throughout the day. I also drink 1+ quarts after taking or teaching a Nia class.
While I was writing this blog, a couple of serendipities came up in my life confirming that this topic was timely:
Here’s me stepping up for the challenge!
Do whatever it takes to make hydration a priority!
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