There is one thing that we human beings cannot survive without, it’s water. If you are reading my blog-article then you are fortunate enough to have clean and running water at home, yet you may find yourself taking water for granted.
In this 16-part series from pain to freedom articles, I chose to bring up the issue of water consumption as one of the steps to freedom.
I have a family member who doesn’t drink water AT ALL!! He has many physical ailments: he is diabetic, he had a heart attack at age 45, he takes a bunch of medications, his lungs are not functioning well (he used to be a smoker), he is very stressed, he yells a lot, and he probably has other things that I’m not aware of as well.
How can one expect to heal without allowing his/her body to cleanse and rejuvenate?
Many people do not like water; they think it’s boring or flavorless. I can relate as I didn’t drink as much water as I’m drinking nowadays. But after learning so much about health, nutrition, healing, toxins, and so forth, it is hard for me to drink anything else these days, but water.
Keep on reading and I’ll share with you how I flavor my water and keep it fun and interesting so that I enjoy drinking water.
Let me make this super-simple for you. When you want to free yourself from pain, especially any muscle or inflammation kind of pain, it may very well be that your body just needs more water.
When You Dine Out, Be OK With Ordering
The tempting scripts that waiters are using in restaurants imply that you should order something else and not “JUST WATER”. I felt uncomfortable ordering only water, but I chose my health over any pressure from the server who was offering other types of drinks. Drinking water will reduce your bill and will be better for you than anything else you may contemplate to order.
First, I must mention that you’ve got to make sure the water you are drinking is CLEAN.
Drink purified or filtered water. I would not recommend drinking from plastic bottles. Even though bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, other chemicals are laced into the plastic bottles which could seep out into the water, especially if bottles are exposed to heat or they sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors, which mean they mess up your hormonal system.
At home, have some kind of filtration system that gets rid of the fluoride in your water. Do your research and find out more about how to make sure you are drinking clean water.
I know there are different approaches to how much water we should be drinking each day. I go with the amount that makes the most sense for me.
Each of us has a different set of beliefs, body structure as well as needs, so I’m not going to tell you exactly how much to drink, you would need to figure it out for yourself. You know where you are with the amount of water you are drinking and if you are barely drinking any, you do know you need to get better at drinking more. This is my simple rule:
How Do You Know That You Are Properly Hydrated?
When you visit the bathroom, if your urine is clear and odorless you are probably on the right track.
If it is pretty yellowish and has a strong smell, that’s your sign to drink more water.
Here are the 5 keys that will get you into the habit of drinking more water:
1. Keep or carry water with you at all times.
When my husband and I leave home for the day or even for a few hours, we always take a bottle of water with us. We use a stainless steel bottle. Although nowadays, many people like using glass bottles, just find a bottle that fits your needs.
When I come home, my bottle is immediately filled (or washed, it depends…) with new water for tomorrow. So it’s always ready to go with me to my Pilates or Yoga class, my walk in the park, for running errands. I’ve recently learned that stainless bottles need to be rinsed at least once a week and then left open to dry.
2. Keep it visual and in front of you.
I can sit and write in my office for hours. I used to bring a glass of water into the office with me and very quickly the water would disappear. So every morning I fill a pitcher with water, bring it to my office, and make sure I finish it during the day.
It’s much easier for me when the pitcher is right in front of me, to reach out and pour myself another glass. In the past, I didn’t want to stop my writing flow so I’d stay thirsty and wouldn't go to the kitchen for hours to get myself a glass of water. A simple solution is to keep it visual.
3. Set a timer to remind yourself to drink water.
It’s one thing to drink water when we feel thirsty, but when we don’t have that dry sensation in our throat, we may not drink as much as we need.
Today, with all our wonderful smart phones, it is so easy to tell my phone (yep, I’m talking to my phone Siri) to ask her to set a timer for me. When the alarm goes off, I drink a glass of water, and set the alarm again for another 50 minutes or an hour to remind me.
4. Make it fun for your taste buds.
As I mentioned before, I have found water at times to be boring. After all, in any given moment it is so easy to reach out for the yummy, sugary, sparkly drinks than it is to reach for “just water”.
I overcame the “problem” of drinking flavorless water by adding a piece of fruit, vegetable, or some leaves from my herb garden, like:
fresh mint leaves, fresh lemon verbena (I grow this), fresh geranium, or a slice of lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber. I also use a drop of essential oil* in my glass of water or into the whole pitcher. I choose based on my mood and my desire of which essential oil to use. (* you need to make sure the essential oil you are choosing is also for internal consumption.)
Lemon – known for: freshness, cleansing, disinfecting, boosting the immune system, and reducing stress and anxiety.
Lime – known for: purifying, bacterial infections, fever, revitalizing skin and it affects the digestive, immune and respiratory systems.
Grapefruit –known for: appetite suppressant, mental stress, PMS, addictions, depression, eating disorders, and it affects the cardiovascular system.
Wild orange – known for: anxiety, sluggish digestion, fear, insomnia, menopause, nervousness, and it’s uplifting.
One time, I even used peppermint and lavender while my friend likes and uses cassia. Pure essential oils are strong, so you really need to experiment and see what works for you. I wouldn’t suggest putting more than one or two drops into a glass of water. One or two drops of peppermint or lavender in a pitcher will be more than enough.
You are welcome to click here to learn more about the essential oils that I’m using and get a complimentary consultation with me, so you are choosing and consuming essential oils with care and awareness.
5. Repeat the above keys consistently every single day.
Drinking water only one, two, or three days will not help you heal or enjoy good health and vitality. Make a decision to get into the habit of using these keys and see how you feel.
Two keys to NOT DO:
Use artificial sweeteners!!
Drink out of plastic bottles or cups.
If you have not yet joined me on my 21-Day From Pain To Freedom Facebook Challenge, I highly encourage you to join me and my wonderful community. It is totally free and I guide you with videos and step-by-step solutions on how to move away from pain. Remember that you don’t need to do it all by yourself when there is so much support that I can give you.
I’ve tried many times to do things by myself. It was a long and tiring journey with plenty of ups and down, so come along, make it easier for yourself, and take advantage of these 21 wonderful days, especially if you are in pain.
And if you just can't wait and are eager and want to take action immediately towards better health and well-being, and you are ready to clear the blocks that may be standing in your way to feel better today, click here, watch the short video and follow the steps so we can get together on the phone for just a “getting to know each other” conversation to see if I can be of help.
To access all 16 parts of this series click here, this link will take you to the blog-article “16 Ways To Move Away From Pain And Into Freedom”. Towards the end of the article you’ll find the 16 ways. Each week, another article will be available, and you’ll be able to access each article from there.