Let’s talk about W A T E R! We hear “Drink more water!” all the time, but WHY is it so important? Well, every cell in our bodies (all 100ish trillion of them!) requires water to function properly. Even very mild dehydration can result in:
- impaired mood
- an increase in the frequency of headaches
- muscle fatigue (which makes exercise difficult)
- chronic fatigue/exhaustion
- lack of concentration
- BRAIN FOG
Besides preventing all of the above, water is also incredibly important for you kidneys to be able to flush toxins out of your system. We don't want toxins hanging around! Many of the symptoms we experience daily can be avoided by simply drinking more water.
We should drink around EIGHT 8oz glasses of WATER a day. Sports drinks do not count. Coconut water doesn’t count (though it is good for you). Juicing doesn’t count. Water that has been turned into tea or lemonade or coffee does NOT count. It needs to be filtered, pure water. If you’re like I was 2 years ago, that sounds daunting! I didn’t even LIKE water, so how was I supposed to drink that much every single day?!
If you don’t yet enjoy drinking water and are accustomed to drinking sodas or other flavored beverages all day, one thing you can do is add a drop or 2 of essential oil in your glass of water for flavor. When you use oils to flavor your water, you reap the health benefits of the water AND the oils. It’s a win, win! Some of my favorite oils to add are Young Living’s:
- Lemon Vitality
- Peppermint Vitality
- Orange Vitality
- Tangerine Vitality
- Grapefruit Vitality
We use a Berkey Water Filtration system in our home, and I keep a glass water bottle with me at all times and a mason jar beside the system so that I can easily drink water throughout the day. When you decide to become intentional about upping your water intake, I suggest keeping track of your consumption either in a journal or in an app like iDrated or Waterlogged. Before long, you’ll find yourself craving water! It’s amazing what happens when we give our body what it NEEDS instead of just what we think we WANT.
**When I speak of consumption of essential oils, I am only referring to the Young Living Vitality line of EOs. Please do not ingest oils off the shelf at your local health food store (or Whole Foods/Wal-Mart/Bed Bath & Beyond). Do your research!**