Hydration is key to metabolism and detoxification. It is essential for digestion, skin, joints, energy and regulating appetite.
Here are some tips to have good hydration:
1. Drink 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water minimum per day, and more if you sweat. This does not count soups or liquids in foods. Aim for clear urine.
2. Start your day with 1-2 glasses of room temperature spring or filtered water in the morning to flush out toxins that have been processed overnight.
3. Carry a 24 – 36 ounce glass or stainless steel water bottle and either refill it 2-3 times, or pre-fill a few bottles and leave them where you sit.
4. Flavor your water with slices of lemon, or strawberries, cucumbers, pineapples, oranges, or mint sprigs. Or make herbal tea. See links to my favorite cooling SPEARMINT TISANE recipe, and my warming YOGI TEA recipe which I sip throughout winter to boost my immune system.
5. Drink between meals so you don’t dilute your stomach acid or digestive enzymes.
6. Use a water filter to remove pathogens or chemicals or heavy metals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that roughly 85% of the population was using tap water laced with over 300 contaminants. Check out The EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide to learn more about the options that will work best for your specific needs. Find one that is NSF certified. A good one is Aquasana, and a reasonably priced one is Berkey Filters.
7. DO NOT DRINK BOTTLED WATER. It’s not safer. And it creates enormous plastic waste burden to our environment.
8. Put stickers with positive affirmations or beautiful images on your water bottle or cup. According to Dr. Emoto from Japan, beautiful sounds, prayers and imagery can positively affect water. See how he photographed the frozen water in this video, and see those beautiful pictures here.
Dr. Onna Lo