We all know that drinking plenty of water each day is important, but many of us don’t know WHY. Each year, I start off with a goal of drinking a few more ounces each day than I had previously. I have friends who drink water all day long….they might as well be camels. I have never been like that. I don’t feel thirsty often, so I can easily go through half the day without drinking anything at all. I’ve been told many times that you should be drinking water BEFORE you get thirsty. If you feel thirsty, it’s a sign of dehydration. Yikes….
Knowing WHY drinking water is so important has helped motivate me. Check out all that water does for your body!
- Water helps to create saliva! Saliva is important because it contains enzymes which help to break down your food for easier digestion. Your body may not produce enough saliva is you are not drinking enough water, are getting older, or are taking certain medications.
- Water also helps to regulate your body temperature! When you are exercising or are hot, you sweat. Sweat works to cool the body down, which is a good thing. But, while you are sweating, you are losing electrolytes and plasma which cannot be replenished unless you are drinking enough water.
- Water lubricates your joints. Yep! If you have creaky knees or sore fingers, drinking lots of water is very important! Water also acts as a lubricant for your spinal cord and tissues.
- Water helps your body eliminate waste! One way that toxins can leave the body is through sweat and as I’ve mentioned above, you need to replenish the water in your body when you are sweating. Water is also needed by your kidneys to help filter out toxins in your urine. Plenty of water is also important for healthy bowel movements. Lots of water helps your food break down more efficiently, ensuring you are getting more of the nutrients and the waste is sent out.
- Water can help with weight management! Studies show that those who drink more water tend to eat less and lose weight. I love adding Grapefruit or Citrus Fresh Vitality essential oil to my glass of water to help promote healthier appetite levels. Also, sometimes when we feel hungry, we’re actually just needing water. Drinking a glass of water can help you skip the snack.
- Water helps improve your circulation! When the blood in your body can flow easily, your overall health is positively impacted!
- Water helps fight against illness! When you’re drinking enough water, your body is absorbing more vitamins and minerals from your food which helps to keep you above the wellness line!
So, how much water SHOULD you drink each day? Is there such a thing as too much water? YES! Drinking too much can flush out too many of the nutrients from your food and result in vitamin deficiencies. It can also dilute the salt levels in your body too much, resulting in hyponatremia.
How much water your particular body needs will depend on your activity level. The 8×8 rule (eight 8oz glasses of water a day) is a good starting point. That may not be enough for someone who exercises regularly though. I like to follow the rule of drinking at least half your body weight in water a day, and then adding an extra glass or two if you get particularly sweaty that day.
Young Living’s Vitality Essential Oils are an amazing tool to help motivate you to drink more. I like that I can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the oils too and am avoiding the nasty fillers in other water flavor options.
Grapefuit Vitality is great at promoting healthy appetite levels.
All citrus Vitality oils are great at promoting cleansing of the body and supporting normal cellular health.
Endoflex Vitality is a great one to add for endocrine/thyroid support.
We enjoy Frankincense Vitality for overall wellness and calm.
When using Vitality oils in your water, make sure that you are using glass or stainless steel. No plastic! Essential oils will pull toxins from the plastic and then your water will be contaminated. Let’s keep it clean and fresh!
Cheers to more water consumption this year!
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