Happy New Year! Even though 2015 is still a few days away, I thought I would share the healthy resolutions I have made for the new year, one at a time…
The first resolution is to drink more water. In a previous post, I talked about how important it is to drink a lot of water. I already drink lots of water and have noticed a difference, especially in my energy levels, lack of headaches and the condition of my skin. However, I read recently that you should drink 1/2 an ounce of water for every pound of weight your scale tells you that you weigh. (no cheating!) To me, this means I should consume 65 ounces of water per day, which translates to eight 8 ounce glasses. Just be sure to drink all of this water before six o’clock each evening, otherwise you will be up going to the bathroom through the night. If this increase in water consumption seems like a lot to you and you are concerned that your bladder will not be able to keep up, please be assured that your body will adjust within a few days.
My youngest son urged me to purchase a water filtering jug to keep in our fridge. He says it will help him drink more water too. As he plays many sports, it is even more important that he consumes an adequate amount of water to keep his body healthy. For me, having the water jug on the counter or in the fridge creates a great reminder to drink more water.
Water filters are great for removing unwanted chemicals from your drinking water. Chemicals such as sulfur can alter the taste and smell of water, but the harmful effects of chlorine and other chemicals can cause serious health problems. If you do plan to drink more water in the new year, think about filtering the water you drink to achieve the greatest health benefits. Filters come in many shapes and sizes; check out the link below for many varieties:
Increasing your daily intake of filtered water can help you in many ways. Whether you want to lose weight in 2015, improve your overall health, or both, try filtering your drinking water and increasing the amount of water you consume. Cheers!