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An easy and free, and very important health tip for the holidays and beyond… December 16, 2012

Filed under: Tips for healthy living — adaba @ 7:21 pm

IMG_0609…stay hydrated! I just came across an article that lays out some facts about hydration and now seems like the perfect time to remind ourselves to simply drink more water. It’s so easy, yet plays such a critical for our health. I think quick fixes are rare, so let’s cherish them!

At this time of year, the air gets dry, we turn our heat on to combat the cold, we likely eat fewer raw fruits and vegetables, some of us may be so busy that we actually forget to take care of ourselves, and sometimes we may even have a tendency to overindulge on something. I think we assume that the resulting feeling of lethargy is “just how it is” in the Winter. But, I don’t think so. I think that most of us are chronically under-hydrated. And, for those of us who aren’t getting any younger, I think we have to be even more on top of staying hydrated as we get older.

I see it in myself and I’m pretty health-conscious as some of you may already know. I typically have a water bottle or tea cup of hot water and sip throughout the day, but sometimes I get busy or forget my water bottle and forget to drink. Then, I notice that I feel a little bloated, ironically, and maybe my digestion is off. Or maybe I just feel sluggish and even a little down. It’s so easy to blame it on stress, what we’ve eaten, not getting enough sleep; but I really think that drinking more water can minimize the impact of these things and help us get back on track. Give it a try! Make a concerted effort to drink more water throughout the day through the month of December. I’ll be surprised if you don’t notice a positive difference, but even if you don’t, what do you have to lose??

Sit down with a glass of water and read the article here. Then enjoy a relaxing, peaceful Sunday full of gratitude for all that we have.