Wednesday, November 5, 2014

it's magic magic magic!!!


So I have two problems...well I actually have like 99 but let's just talk about two today!:) I hate water and I never get thirsty. I know hate is a strong word but for some reason I have just always hated the taste of water.  I also rarely get thirsty which is so weird because I've always had a very active lifestyle! I don't drink soda or really anything so basically I have been permanently dehydrated my entire life without realizing it! 

My mom always said half my health problems would go away if I started drinking water...but who listens to their moms?! I didn't! Years later I have finally come to realize she was totally right! Shhhh...don't tell her I said that! Our secret! ;) Did you know that the number one cause of daytime fatigue is lack of WATER!!!! While lack of sleep, lack of food or even overeating can cause daytime fatigue the number one cause is lack of water intake! That little piece of info blew my mind! 

Maybe some of you are like thanks Coco I've known that for years but water intake doesn't just effect your energy levels. It basically effects everything from your skin to food digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients and body temperature...and I'm literally naming just a few! I eat very healthy and eat foods that are medicine for my body. I had no idea water was basically a nutrient in liquid form.

So here are just a couple Coco tips I have learned the hard way that I want to share with you! If you exercise a lot you are losing fluid.  Active people need to actually drink way more water than recommended to compensate for fluid lost by sweating.  Water also keeps your skin looking good! Dehydration makes your skin look dry, wrinkled and crappy! But it can be improved with hydration. Water also helps your kidneys by transporting toxins and waste products out of your body.

Water also helps maintain normal bowel movements. I'm sorry but constipation is the worst!!! I"ve struggled with it my entire life! TMI? Just trying to help people! #realtalk So, all this info is pointless unless you actually start drinking water! I don't know if I will ever like water so here are some ideas I do to get my water intake daily.

I am obsessed with fruit! Like I literally LOVE it! So why not put something sweet, healthy and nutritious into my water to make it taste better?! I love any fruit in my water! Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and mint (which has antiseptic properties) make my water oh so sweet!

There are a lot of things people don't love doing but we just sometimes have to do it! I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is drink 20 ounces of water.  I have just realized I have to make it a priority in my life. I know if I can drink water right away I will be more aware to drink more water throughout the day. I also carry a water bottle in my car. The constant visual is a reminder to keep drinking all day.  I also eat a TON of fruits and veggies because they have such a high water content! 

I can't even describe to you the difference I feel physically, emotionally and mentally since I started drinking water. I literally feel it's a miracle! Better than any vitamin or food! My skin has started glowing, I have sooooo much more energy, I crave less sugar, and my body is starting to work as it should! If you already love water still try adding some fruit for extra nutrients! It's so yummy and fun to switch it up!

Ps...I used artificial flavoring for a long time and I don't recommend it for the long haul.  I read up on the side effects and I literally had every single one and felt like crap.  I will do another post on my findings and own experience using artificial sweeteners! Happy hump day ya all! Go get your drink on! 

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