By Sherri Sacconaghi, Posted February 11th, 2011
What if I told you I have the secret to losing weight, increasing energy, improving mental acuity, developing glowing skin, improving digestion, and even developing fresher breath? Well I do, and no, I am not selling anything.
It’s water. Not kidding. Water. It seems so easy. We have all heard the “ 68 oz. of water a day” spiel but how many of us actually do it? In fact, most Americans walk around in a state of dehydration and do not even know it. Even mild dehydration can cause a sluggish metabolism, an increase in appetite and hinder proper gland and organ function. It is the one area that I struggle with as do most of the people I work with. Yet even my clients who have done amazing things in their efforts to be healthier find it hard to drink more water. They can get up at 5:30 am to sneak in exercise. Give up their beloved frozen entrees for fresh whole foods but ask them to drink more water and it is a no go. But I live with proof that it makes a difference.
My husband of 12 years has never been what I would call health conscious. Throughout most of our marriage he never met bread that did not need butter, he thinks ketchup counts as a vegetable, and he can pick the tiniest broccoli stem out of a casserole. About a year ago I started finding empty bottled water containers around the house and in the car. When I inquired, he said that he wanted to lose some weight and he found when he drank water he felt less desire to snack. I watched without interfering as, surprisingly enough, I learned that pushing my exuberance for vegetables and quinoa is not always appreciated. One year later, he has lost 20 pounds, his eczema has disappeared and he has much more energy. Yes, there were some small dietary changes he made over the past year as well, but he will be the first to tell you that it is the water that has made the difference. He even inspired me to start drinking more. (Water, not wine. The benefits of wine will get a whole entry to itself).
So try it. Don’t like the taste? Add some frozen fruit like pineapple or oranges. Make it a habit to squeeze in a glass when you first wake up and before every cup of coffee or other beverage throughout the day. There is no magic number. Half your body weight up to 90 oz a day is a good guide. When your urine is light in color you know you are properly hydrated. Everyone is different but my guess is we can all use more. It is not often that such a simple task reaps such amazing benefits. Drink up!
Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549