Good morning on Day 3 of our water challenge! I am up early and enjoying a tall glass of lemon water with the juice of 1/2 a small lemon. I take this morning glass of H2O into my quiet space where I pray/meditate before the family gets up. This is my time to be in gratitude and set the tone for the rest of my day.
Mind you, I never used to start my day with water but now I actually get up craving it! This all started once I began my personal journey towards better health. The human body is hard at work while we sleep, repairing and restoring itself. A morning habit of drinking water will support the elimination of waste that is ready to be released upon rising. Warm water by itself encourages the process of eliminating and lemon juice has the following added benefits:
- Alkalizes the body
- Boost of vitamins
- Supports digestion
- Supports the liver
- Boosts metabolism
This being said, you need to be careful of the fact that lemon in water can impact dental enamel. You will want to rinse your mouth or even consider using a straw. Personally, that is why I use the juice of 1/2 a small lemon. Another option is to use lemon essential oil instead and still get the same benefits.
On day 1 of this challenge I asked you to be aware of how much water you drink on a typical day. I also gave you a simple calculation to determine how much water you should be drinking every day. Yesterday I mentioned that although this calculation is a great start, we are all different and there are variables that might change that number by a glass or even two in either direction, less or more. Another tool to gauge if you are drinking enough water for your personal needs is to check the color of your urine. There is a link in Day 2 for a chart that you can use for this analysis.
Now the challenge begins and please do not try to drink your water intake within a few hours, to get it over with! You will put too much strain on your body and will feel uncomfortable. It is best to spread your intake throughout the day. A plan is always best:
- 2 glasses of water upon rising (1 glass = 8 ounces)
- Mid-morning another 2 glasses until 1/2 hour before lunch. You do not want to drink too much with your meals as this will dilute digestive juices. A small glass of liquid is fine.
- Begin hydrating again about 1 hour after lunch and you have the entire afternoon until dinner. Rule of thumb, 1 glass per hour.
- Do not drink too much before bed as you do not want to interrupt sleep and the health promoting benefits we receive while we rest and repair.
- Stop any excessive liquid intake at least 3 hours before bed, especially if you wake up and urinate through the night.
Start the challenge by measuring out the amount of water that you have calculated for yourself. Fill a pitcher and leave it on the counter. You can fill water bottles and take them with you if you are out and about. You may want to use bottled water and that's a start, I will have more on this in the next few days. Make sure and do what works best for you. I am here to give you ideas and support you, remember we are all different.
You will be creating a healthy water habit and please give your body the time it needs to acclimate to this change. It is always best to take it slow, especially if you are not used to drinking water. Did you ever water a plant that is bone dry? What happens when you give it a hefty supply of water? It comes right out the other end into the basin. We are like a dry plant if we haven't been drinking enough water and you may be find yourself taking a few extra trips to the bathroom. My favorite saying is that slow and steady always wins the race.
Are you ready to be hydrated and receive the multiple health benefits that come along with it? Let's do it together and know I am supporting you every step of the way! I'm lifting my glass of lemon water to you and believing that this healthy habit is yours for the long-term! Cheers!!
Water refreshes and replenishes me. Water helps me maintain my good health and vibrant skin. I love water. I love drinking water. I drink enough water each day.