If you could do one thing to drastically improve your health, how much money would you pay for it? Some people pay hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to follow the latest diet trend. They buy some exotic fruit or a special kitchen appliance or take a handful of pills three times a day. There might be benefits to some of these trends, but are they worth the money?
Instead, I have a trick that is practically FREE. I mean it. It’s the cheapest and easiest thing you can do to improve kidney function and complexion, prevent constipation, control appetite, and improve a host of other body functions. Are you curious yet? Water. Drink plain ‘ole water.
According to many health experts, the body is composed of about 60% water, which needs to be replaced daily. Our bodies lose water through sweating, breathing, urination, and stool elimination. If your fluid intake doesn’t exceed your output, then you risk becoming dehydrated.
My biggest challenge with drinking water, or any fluid, is that I don’t get thirsty. So, I rarely think of getting a drink unless it’s served to me. But after an extended battle with kidney stones, I am making a concerted effort to increase my fluid intake, specifically water.
Here are a few of my tips for drinking water:
- I drink one glass as soon as I get up in the morning. I’ve measured my “drinking glass”, so I know it holds 8-10 oz.
- I have a 20 oz. water bottle that I take with me almost everywhere. I try to fill it at least twice a day.
- I drink a glass of water with lunch and dinner. I only order water when we dine in a restaurant.
- I drink a glass of water when I take medications and vitamins. My kids think I’m weird because I can swallow pills without drinking water. In fact, that is a bad habit. Many medications recommend you take them with a full glass of water.
- I drink a glass of water right before bedtime. Yes, I hate getting up in the middle of the night, but this is an important time for kidney function. Nighttime is an opportune time for kidney stones to settle and move out of the kidney. Trust me; you don’t want that to happen.
All in all, my drinking target is 80-90 oz. per day. Some people need less, but it’s a reasonable assumption that most people need more than they get.
While it would be nice to drink water straight from the faucet, I prefer to drink filtered water. I bought an inexpensive filtered water pitcher that I keep in the refrigerator for cold water. I also have a water bottle that I keep with me. I have recently switched to drinking mostly distilled water due to my kidney problems, but filtered water is fine. The important thing is to drink it.
Water. It’s practically free, convenient, and isn’t banned by any open container laws.