Health Tip #5

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As with so many of these tips, you’ve heard this one before.  But again, along with this tip comes the all important why.  Why is it important to drink so much water?  To start with, the human body is comprised of 50-65% water.  Every cell in your body needs water for its proper function.

But there are other reasons too.  As one health expert puts it, “nature’s solution to pollution is dilution.”  We accumulate toxins in our bodies every day.  Some toxins come from our environment, some from the foods we eat and some even from our own emotions and as a byproduct of our own metabolic processes.  These toxins need continually flushing out of our systems.  If we don’t flush them out, they accumulate and cause health problems.

Another reason for drinking more water is dehydration.  You’re often dehydrated before you start feeling thirsty.  You might even mistake dehydration for hunger and eat when you really need to be drinking water.  You’re not hungry, you’re thirsty.

Start every morning with at least one big glass of water.  I try to drink a water bottle full of water every morning.

Overnight your body has been working hard to detoxify itself and all of those toxins need to be flushed out of the system.  Warm water with lemon is a great way to start your morning.  The lemon stimulates bile production in the liver helping you to detox.  Lemon water also helps your digestive system prepare for digesting food.

Try to avoid drinking water with meals.  Water dilutes, as we mentioned before, and water will dilute your stomach acid and hamper further digestive processes making it difficult for you to properly digest your food and extract their nutrients.