How are you? I hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer. As a Registered Dietitian and Health Coach, one of the many things I admire about the The Juice Plus+ Company is that they encourage us to ask our customers to make One Simple Change (#OSC) each month. Imagine if you made one simple change each month for an entire year? That would be 12 new healthy habits you’d develop by the end of the year. Wouldn’t that be awesome!? It is! And I’m here to support you in doing just that.
For the month of August, the One Simple Change is to stay hydrated by drinking more water. Our bodies are constantly seeking balance. When it’s hot out in our external environment, we tend to crave more cooling and raw foods to help cool our internal environment. In the winter, it’s the opposite, we tend to crave more cooked, grounding foods to help keep us warm and insulated during the cold winter months.
Most of my clients are chronically dehydrated drinking less than half of their recommended amount of water each day, so drinking more water is the absolute first change I make with them. It’s amazing to watch some of their health issues disappear just by incorporating more water to their daily life. Staying hydrated has numerous benefits, some of which include:
- Supports in digestion
- Increases energy
- Decreases hunger
- Hydrates skin (prevents wrinkles)
- Flushes impurities and toxins from the kidneys
- Prevents constipation
- Promotes a healthy weight
So how much is enough, you ask? Well, everyone is different. A 300lb. person requires much more water than a 120lb. person, so it’s important to figure out what’s best for your body with this simple equation.
Your body weight (in pounds) / 2 = Required water each day (in fluid ounces)
200 lbs / 2 = 100 fluid ounces/day
Some tips that work well for my clients:
For those who don’t like the taste of plain water:
- Buy a reusable water bottle. Some of my clients like these fruit infused water bottles. Take your water bottle with you everywhere. When it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it (in the car, at work, shopping, etc). ***Reusable water bottles (ideally glass or BPA free) are so much better for the environment and your health than plastic water bottles. Cut down on the plastic and invest in a reusable one today.
- Flavor your water with fresh fruit. Try adding lemon, orange, lime, cherry, apple, etc to your water and allow for the fruit to naturally flavor your water.
- Herbs are fun too! Try adding some fresh herbs to your water as well. I like basil and melon, mint and cucumber, ginger and lemon with some fresh rosemary. Experiment and see what tastes great to you.
For those who enjoy plain water but have trouble getting the recommended amount each day, fear no more! There’s an App for that! 2 Free apps that help you keep track of your water intake are Waterlogged and Daily Water Free. (Please let me know if you find other good ones you like!)
Please let me know the changes you notice by adding more water to your diet. Comment on my blog and let me know which tip worked best for you. I look forward to hearing all about your success.