“Drink To Your Health” by Alima Bey

drinking water

We all know that physical exercise and healthy diet are very important to an active lifestyle. We often neglect our liquid intake. With that being said, let’s talk about good ol’ H20. Water is your best friend!! Most people become ill because they are dehydrated. Dehydration is simply a condition that’s caused by an insufficient amount of useable liquid in the body, i.e. WATER! Our bodies are made up of 70% water. We need at least a gallon of water a day. Forget everything your doctor has said about water. 8 glasses is NOT enough. A fun way to increase your water intake is to replace one sugary drink a day with at least 16oz of water. You will see an increase in energy and a decrease in your waist measurements. Water helps lubricate your internal organs. Imagine a car without oil, screeching and dragging along. Your body will drag along and eventually lock up like an engine without enough oil to keep it going. Ladies, water will save you during that time of the month. Just my personal observation but, when I’m highly hydrated, I have zero cramping. However, when I haven’t had enough water, things get real! You might ask, how do I know if I’m hydrated? Your body will tell you! Your urine should be very light, almost clear. Your skin should be supple and soft and your tongue should be pink.

Can we drink anything besides water? Well of course. Here’s the fun part! Fresh fruit and vegetable juice, herbal tea and of course, smoothies!

Let’s review:

Drink at least a gallon of water a day.

Avoid sugary drinks like soda and “juice drinks/cocktails”

Anything less than 100% juice is not juice it’s a drink packed with sugar.

If the label reads “from concentrate” the product is filled with sugar and diluted with water to its original consistency.

Here’s an easy recipe for a smoothie that’s delicious and nutritious:

smoothie

1-3 leaves kale (stem discarded)

2/3 cup frozen peaches

1 handful frozen mangoes

1 cup pure coconut water

Splash of orange juice

1 tsp bladderwrack powder (optional)

¼ tbsp. Ginger powder or an inch cut of fresh ginger

This smoothie can also replace a meal since it has so many minerals.

I hope this helps you all incorporate more water into your diet. Your body will thank you! Thank you for allowing me to share with you all.

Alima Bey

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