Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions. This is the second post courtesy of Thad Beaty and Annie Clements of the Grammy-winning group Sugarland. See their first post here.
OK, the kooky musician couple is back with another tip for healthful living; drinking! And no, we’re not talking about beer. The next step we took in our journey towards optimal health was to start drinking half our body weight in ounces in water, everyday. For me, this adds up to about two 32-ounce bottles full of H2O.
By sipping water throughout the day, you tend to eat less, feel satisfied, and will see tremendous improvements in your skin, and even your energy levels! Plus, with all the activity you’re getting during the Fitbit Challenge, you’ve got to keep up with your body’s hydration needs to see the full benefits of your hard work!
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
When we were in our most unhealthful state, I would drink things like diet soda backstage and tell ourselves it was the same as drinking pure water. Don’t be fooled! Your body doesn’t want or need those chemicals and additives. And don’t even get us started on the perils of diet soda.
But how do you make drinking water a treat? Well here is a easy recipe for you to try this week.
First, weigh yourself and divide your weight by two. This is the number of fluid ounces you should be drinking each day for optimal health. (You can drink more if you like, but don’t go too crazy since over-drinking actually begins to flush your body of ALL nutrients you are consuming.) Or just remember to drink at least 8-9 glasses of water per day. Simple.
Once you have your magic number, treat yourself to a couple of fancy reusable water bottles, a beautiful pitcher; something to make the drinking experience more enjoyable. (Obviously we want to be BPA-free, so find a container that meets those guidelines.)
Now you’re ready to hydrate like a champ!
Cucumber-Lemon Mint Water Infusion of Joy
- 1-2 liters’ of water, depending on how strong you want it to taste
- 1 small cucumber or half large cucumber
- 1 lemon or lime
- A handful of fresh mint leaves (approximately 10-13)
Grab a large pitcher. Slice up a cucumber, cut your citrus into wedges, and throw in a handful of mint leaves into your vessel then fill with water. Let sit overnight in the fridge to let the flavors mingle then pour into your water bottle of choice throughout the day for a refreshing way to enjoy giving your body what it needs!
Cucumber is extra-hydrating, citrus stimulates and regulates digestion as does mint. So treat yourself to a delicious hydrating experience and watch your body and health transform!
Here’s to knocking back a pitcher with you!