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Water! It is a simple ingredient for our health; a gift to our body that is free, yet so over looked.  Recently at a health event, I met a woman who was concerned about her fatigue and inability to lose weight. While drinking bottled water I had given her, she informed me that was her second glass of water for the year.  Yes, this year.  Only two glasses of water in the past 10 months, and she wondered why she was fatigued and could not lose weight.

Why is water so important?  Water transports nutrients and oxygen in cells, moisturizes the air in our lungs, helps with metabolism, protects our vital organs and regulates body temperature.  I know you are probably thinking that all sounds good and healthy, but what are the benefits that may hit home with you. 

  • Would you be surprised to learn that drinking water aids in weight loss by flushing down the by-products of fat and reducing hunger?  Let’s not forget it is calorie free and who wants to use their calories up in drinks? 
  • Water is a natural remedy for headaches and because your brain is mostly made of water, drinking water helps you think better and concentrate more. 
  • Have you ever thought that feeling tired and sluggish could be a result of dehydration?  Did you know that you lose almost 30 oz of water in a 24 hour period just by simply breathing? 
  • If your body lacks water, your heart, may need to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells thus leaving you feeling exhausted.
  • And of course, if you exercise regularly, drinking water will regulate your body temperature and give you more energy when doing exercise by fueling your muscles. 
  • Finally, water helps to replenish skin tissues and moisturize the skin leaving us feeling healthier and younger.

 

Are you beginning to see that water is a simple ingredient for our health; a gift to our body that is free. I see so many struggling with headaches, tiredness, muscles cramps, weight gain or constipation and many times women will literally go days without any water and may be suffering from dehydration and not know it.

A frequent question is how much water should I drink? There is no clear-cut answer as to how much water to drink per day and depends on your health, climate, size and activity level. I first would ask the question do you have the following symptoms:

  • Dark Urine – a dark color or strong smell could be an indication you need more water
  • Dry Skin
  • Thirst – drink before you get thirsty
  • Hunger – most people make the mistake of thinking hunger is an indication to eat more, but it may be dehydration.
  • Fatigue – Water gives us a boost in energy

 

For a more accurate estimate, take your body weight and divide by two for the number ounces to drink per day.

Once we realize that water is a simple ingredient for our health and a gift to our body that is free, we can see the need to add in a few practices to get in our daily requirements.  Here are a few tips:

  • Buy a water bottle large enough to fill approximately 24 oz, fill it up first thing in the morning. Carry it with you and refill at lunch.
  • Drink a glass of water before, during, and after meals
  • Add lemon to give you a little flavor

 

I believe that Jesus knew the importance of water when he compared himself as living water. He stated in John 4:14,   “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water, I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up the eternal life.”

As women, we sometimes search for something to quench our spiritual thirst when the answer is right in front of us.  Jesus has the answer if we will only take a drink of what He has to offer. It is a simple ingredient for your health; a gift to your soul that is free, yet so over looked.

To learn more about having a personal health and fitness plan and be ft for life, call me for a free consultation as your Wellness Coach at 409-550-7606 or email me at crystal@crystalclearchange.com.

Fitness on Demand

Thanks to a great tip from CW’s own Heather Frierson, I’ve discovered Fitness On Demand, great workouts right in my own living room.  Last week my kids jumped in and joined me, you gotta love that! We have AT&T U-verse but my guess is if you have any sort of “on demand” feature on your TV, you probably have free fitness videos waiting for YOU! Top 10 Reasons to Try Fitness On Demand:

1. It’s Free - Well, kind of. Assuming you are not pirating your neighbor’s cable service, you most likely pay some sort of monthly fee. But you ALREADY pay it! And unlike the movies on demand – fitness programs are free of charge!

2. It’s On Demand - Hooray, this means no class schedules to keep up with. No, “I have to be at the gym 15 min before BodyCombat starts so I can get a space.” On demand means you get work out whenever your heart desires, as long as you can get the remote away from the guys in the house.

3. Lots of Variety - I’m amazed by all the classes available. If you are stuck in a workout rut, this is a great cure! There are so many options; you’ll be able to go months without doing the same thing twice.

4. No Driving Necessary - The best part about no driving is that you won’t be tempted by Baskin Robins, Duncan Donuts or Starbucks on your way home from the gym. So you can avoid that one stop where you replace every precious little calorie you just burned!

5. What to Wear - If your favorite outfit is in the laundry, no problem!  Just throw on a t-shirt and shorts and toss that dirty laundry in the washing machine during your work out.  Can you say “multi-task”?

6. Make Up - If you are one of those girls who won’t go to the gym without your make up on – have no fear – there is no one to impress in the privacy of your own living room.

7. No Make Up - If you are one of those girls who prides herself in NOT wearing make up at the gym – have no fear  – there is no one in your living room to make it unmistakably clear to that you are so not at the gym to impress them! Whew!

8. Abs - You can squeeze in a 10 min abs work out almost ANYTIME throughout your day! And I do mean squeeze!

9. You Get to Use Your Own Shower - Need I say more?

10. It’s Encouraging - You may be working out alone, but you still have the benefit of an encouraging voice telling you “you can do it!” and “great job” even though you opted-out of adding upper abs to the reverse crunches! We all need a little bit of encouragement.

Give Fitness On Demand a shot, and then tell us how it “worked-out” for you!

Lynn Marie Cherry has a heart to encourage women towards freedom and plant seeds of hope. She enjoys sharing insight from God's word and the world around her. She has been married for almost 20 years to the same great guy, they have two amazing boys. You can read more at http://lynnmariecherry.blogspot.com/