We forget the simple things that keep us healthy. Like hydration.
I was visiting with my Dad recently and we were discussing his water consumption, or lack thereof. At 89 years old, although he has done pretty well, he has habits that don’t always support his longevity and vibrant health goals. I have been asking him to increase his hydration over the last several years and for some reason, he finally did. Going from 1 glass of water per day to 4-5, he noticed a considerable increase in energy.
Now, my dad is tough to convince of anything, but once convinced, he becomes a zealot of sorts. He was talking to my Uncle Bud, his younger brother, and Bud mentioned how he had been feeling like death lately, no energy, lethargic and just wanted to hang out on the couch. So my dad talked to him about increasing his hydration. After much deliberation with Bud and a few weeks later, my dad called to tell me what happened. Bud said his whole system changed after he started drinking more water. He didn’t feel like death anymore, had much more energy and couldn’t believe it! Just by drinking more water.
Of course, I now walk on water in my dad’s eyes. It is easy to be a hero with basic nutrition information. There are many different recommendations of how much water to drink for optimal hydration, however as a Health Coach and having worked with all aspects of wellness for over 30 years, I simply ask people to drink about half their weight in ounces of water. Keep it simple! Most elderly people and about 2/3 of Americans are dehydrated. If you work out a lot, are on medications or are aged, increase the amount of water you drink. If you eat your 9-11 servings of water based vegetables, maybe you don’t have to drink quite as much. However, I can tell you that you WILL feel better if you consume more clean, alkaline water. Your brain won’t shrink, your joints will be lubricated, your inflammation is reduced, you will naturally detox, your performance increases, and cognition improves, all just from increasing your hydration with great water! If you want some other great small-change, big-result ideas, let’s talk!
Nancy Clairmont Carr
Holistic Health and Transformational Guide
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