February 28, 2012 in Nutrition
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Well, yes it may come as a shock, but I am a heavy drinker.
Heavy WATER drinker, that is. ;-) I love water….I really, really do. It is definitely my drink of choice.
I gotta say, I haven’t always been a water drinker though. I used to just drink it occasionally because I knew it was good for me, but I didn’t really love it. Somehow over the years, I’ve learned to love it and actually crave it. I am a firm believer that if you just keep drinking it (even if you hate it), your body will learn to love it and you will LOVE it too! Really.
Kev does not love water. This is a hard one for him. If you are a water hater, he sympathizes with you.
But, of all the things you can do to improve your health….this has got to be one of the EASIEST!!! Really.
Think about it…..it takes very little time, planning, money and effort to drink water, but it helps your body SO MUCH! Drinking more water has been shown to increase metabolism, help with weight loss and appetite control, increase energy, decrease risk of disease, moisturize skin, aid in digestion and many many more awesome things!!!
Soooooo, drink up!!
I fill up my gallon pitcher every day and try to finish it. I drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning and then 1-2 more big glasses with each meal. I also fill 1-2 water bottles and bring them with me everywhere I go.
If you really don’t love water, try squeezing some fresh fruit juice in there; lemons, limes and oranges are some of my favs. Crystal Light and things like that are okay, but I wouldn’t count it as “water drinking.”
One more little thought about water…..make sure it is CLEAN, PURIFIED water!
We live in an area that has pretty hard, crappy water. Yes, it’s technically safe to drink, but it is definitely not awesome. However, for the past 4 years I’ve mostly had just plain ‘ol tap water. I don’t mind the taste and you can’t beat the price!
But, I went to the dentist a few weeks ago and my hygienist told me a had quite a bit of tarter!??
I am a very diligent “tooth taker carer” person, so I was shocked to hear this!
Also, we lived in New Hampshire and Rhode Island for 6 years and my dentist always told me I had “very little build up” on my teeth. So when my hygienist told me I had tarter, it made me stop and think.
I’m sure it’s because of my heavy crappy water drinking!
I wonder if it’s really hard water build up!!! Eeeeewwww. I also realized that if the water I’m drinking does that to my teeth, what is it doing to the rest of my body???
Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to figure it out. I’m a little slow sometimes….
We have a 5 gallon water cooler at our house, but I try not to drink all my water from that because it would cost us so much $$! I would suck that thing dry in no time.
So, last night I bought myself a cute little Brita Water Filter Pitcher (again, why has it taken me so long to figure this out!!???) I’m so excited about it. Here’s a pic.
It holds about a gallon of water, so I’m going to fill this up every morning and drink it! Yay!
I figured out it will cost us about $30 a year (cost of filter replacements) to support my drinking habit. In contrast, it would cost us about $700 a year for me to drink all my water from our 5 gallon cooler. Yikes! We still love our cooler though because it helps Kev and the kids to drink more. It’s also nice to have when we have guests over and it’s a great way to store emergency water.
Anyway, that’s my little schpeal on water. So, drink as much healthy, clean water as you possibly can! Mmm, k?