It is so important to take care of yourself. It’s my belief that we can not properly care for others until we can properly care for ourselves. I don’t just believe this. I know this. Because I’ve had to learn this lesson in my own life.
After I became a mom in 2006, taking care of myself was on the very bottom of my to-do list. I truly believed at the time that I was being the best mom and wife I could be by putting the needs of my child and my husband before my own. Over the years my health really began to deteriorate. My mental health, my physical health and my spiritual health.
I had to learn the hard way that in order to take care of your family, you have to take care of yourself first. My idea of taking care of yourself isn’t getting your nails done every week (although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that) or going on a shopping spree every weekend (nothing wrong with that either) but it does mean properly caring for your mind, body, and soul. When you make that a priority in your life you will have so much more energy, wisdom, and love to share with your family.
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So with all that being said one of the easiest and cheapest ways to take better care of yourself is to drink more water. Most people already know water is good for their body and they need to drink it more but they still don’t do it. I was one of those people.
One of my goals for 2018 was to drink more water every day and I’ve stuck with it. And it has made a huge impact in my overall health. So keep reading to find out why you should drink more water and make sure you read to the very end, where you’ll find a tool I’ve created to help you drink more water everyday 🙂
Benefits of drinking water
1 | Increased Energy
Dehydration can lead to fatigue. If you keep your body well hydrated through out the day you can avoid that super drained, I need a nap feeling. Whenever I start to feel the need for a cup of coffee in the afternoon I grab a glass of water instead. Water truly is the best energy drink and even better there’s zero calories and you won’t crash and burn a few hours later.
2 | Beautiful Healthy Hair
If your hair is starting to lose it’s shine or feel dry and brittle, it could be a sign that you’re not drinking enough water. Your hair is made of 5% water which doesn’t seem like much but believe me it makes a difference. Not only will drinking more h20 make your hair softer and shinier, it will also help your hair to grow quicker. Water hydrates the body which helps to regulate the circulatory system, which feeds the hair follicle, which then stimulates hair growth. So if you want longer, healthier hair drink more water!
3 | Gorgeous Glowing Skin
The biggest improvement I’ve seen in my skin hasn’t come from some expensive treatment or mud mask, it’s come from drinking more water. Your skin is 64% water so it makes sense that drinking more water would improve the look of your skin. For years my skin was super dull looking and it looked like the life had been sucked out of it. I thought I was taking really good care of it by using high end creams and serums but they weren’t making much of a difference. Once I started to increase my water intake I noticed an improvement in my skin within a few days. The dullness disappeared and my skin had a slight glow. So instead of purchasing that super expensive serum save your money and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!!!
4 | Weight Loss
Drinking more water helps you lose weight in a few different ways. The obvious one is it helps you to feel fuller so you don’t over eat. But drinking water also boosts your metabolism which helps you to burn more calories so you can shed more pounds.
5 | Less Headaches
I used to suffer from headaches on a daily basis for years. I was completely dependent on Tylenol to get through my day. What I didn’t realize was my unhealthy diet and being chronically dehydrated was causing my chronic headaches. So if you suffer from headaches like I did try drinking more water and see if they stop. Life is so much better when you don’t have a headache!!
So there you go. What reason do you have to not drink more water? If you want to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of your family and your home, drinking more water is a great place to start. It’s free. It’s easy and the benefits are amazing.
How much water should I drink?
If you’re wondering how much water you should drink a general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday. So if you weigh 160lbs, then you should drink 80 ounces a day. This is what I do and it works for me. But I’m a firm believer that every body is different and every body needs different things. What works for one person may not work for another. So I recommend gradually increasing your water intake everyday. Pay attention to how you feel and look, and listen to your body.
If you’re struggling with making healthy lifestyle choices, making a commitment to drink more water is a great place to start. The purpose of this blog is to help others and I feel as though just providing you with the information isn’t enough. I want to provide you with tools as well. So I’ve created the printable below to keep you motivated and to help you track your water intake. Also, check this blog post out for 10 tips to help you drink more water everyday. Remember a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.