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Bite Size Health Tip #1

I am usually a little sheepish about sharing health advice.
But my heart has been tugging on me a bit to do it here. . . 
First, a little background for anyone who may be new here.  
 Once upon a time I was a teacher.
I’ve taught personal and community health to high school students and Ole Miss college kids.
I’ve got an M.S.
in Health Promotion.
Basically, public health with an emphasis on prevention. 
Most recently, I was working in an edible schoolyard.
Gardening with kids, picking the fruits(&veggies) of our labor and then cooking, tasting, and 
enjoying them.

My main squeeze is veggies and fruits.
In grad school I was solely devoted toward ways to get kids to eat more of them, 
thus preventing quality of life stealers like cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, diabetes etc.

So I thought, every once in a while, I should post on, what else?  
HEALTH
because above all, i’d really love my readers to be healthy.
healthy = happy
& I’m breaking them down into easily absorbed bite sized health tips.


So today’s health tip/challenge …
DRINK MORE WATER

Why?

  • First of all, the human body is made up of 60-65% water.  
  • Eight glasses of water a day helps maintain our health.  But sometimes quantity might vary depending on life-style, nutrition, where you live (i.e. in FL, you’ll need more).
  • Our bodies need so much water because almost every single cell in our bods need water to function properly.
  • Our lungs expel about 3 cups of water through normal breathing – a day!
  • When we perspire, (not including exercise) we eliminate two cups of water a day.
  • soft drinks slow down the absorption of fluids into the body.  
  • drinking water helps you prevent overeating




Ways to drink more water:

#1.  I drink a BIG glass of water first thing in the morning.
I’ve gone 8 or so hours without a drop of water, my body is dehydrated!
#2.  If you have a hard time drinking just water, 
{please do not drink crystal light or anything with saccharin}
you can always drop some refreshing fruit in a pitcher or your glass.
The above photo is for a shower- so my mom and i went a little overboard!
But for some good fruit infused water use: cucumbers, kiwis, strawberries, lemon, lime…
#3, chart it!
I haven’t done this, but it might help you.   free printables – found here.

#4.  Always carry a water bottle with you (BPA free, of course)
Make sure its cute.  
I don’t know why, but when my bottle is cute, I drink more water.
vain = me & my bottle

(no picture or this one)
#5.  Look at your urine. 
if it’s clear, you’re drinking enough.
If it’s dark and smells funny, you may not be drinking enough.
(of course, ask your doctor if you drink more water, and it’s still dark)


#6.
drink herbal tea!


Hope this post encourages you to drink more water (:  
Let me know if there’s a specific health topic you’d like me to cover in the comments.

with everything, don’t overdo it!
It is possible to have water intoxication, hyponatremia – basically depleting your body the sodium it needs.
So with everything, moderation.  

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