David Wolfe refers to us as “walking columns of ocean water.” When I first heard him say this I thought, wow that is beautiful! He’s correct in this analogy though since we are primarily composed of water. Too often we forget that our bodies need water to function optimally. We ignore signs of thirst and reach for sugary drinks and foods instead. There are a lot of people that have hardly a glass of water each day and they go on thinking that coffee, tea, soda or juice makes up for it. Water is essential for our bodies and other options simply don’t have the same benefits. Juices are full of sugar, soda is laden with chemicals and sugar while coffee and tea usually have caffeine and are actually diuretics which means they will dehydrate you. Not to mention the added calories of all of these drinks.
Water can do so much for the body, but the trick is that you have to drink it.
Here’s just a few reasons to drink more water:
- flushes toxins out of the body
- clears up troublesome skin
- gives you more energy
- allows things like essential oils to be more effective & reduces detox symptoms
- stops cravings
- halts hunger pangs
- keeps organs happy by circulating out the “gunk”
- replaces other chemical, sugar, calorie infused drinks
How much water is enough?
A good place to start is by dividing your body weight in half and drink that many ounces. For example, a 100 lb person would drink 50 ounces/day. That’s just a starting point though and should be increased depending on weather, workout routines and other lifestyle choices. As always, every body is different. Listen to your body and see how you feel as you increase. It may change on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis. You will know when you feel good.
So the next time you have a craving for sugar try drinking a glass of water before giving in to the craving. See if you still desire that food afterwards. Most times we mistake thirst pangs for hunger pangs but there is a subtle difference. If you start paying attention to your body and really listening to its cues, you will find you can detect the difference.