Let’s wrap up our first step in our 12 Step Healthier You Journey with a final look at our drink choices, why they matter, and which is the best beverage choice.
Water is by far the best beverage choice for not just quenching your thirst, but also helping the body flush toxins from the body, stay hydrated, and control hunger and sugar cravings. Water will not cause cavities, stain your teeth, and does not contain caffeine or sugar or alcohol.
How much water to drink is a subject of debate among many health professionals. Sixty ounces per day seems to be the
most commonly recommended amount, but several urologists have encouraged me to drink closer to 90 ounces as a preventative for my kidney stones.
In case you were wondering, that’s a heck of a lot of water, and it will make you long for a life outside the bathroom.
Many people will say it’s impossible to drink even 60 ounces, but I bet most people drink close to 60 ounces of some form of fluid during the day. If you replace even half of those alternative fluids with water, then you have taken a huge step toward improving your health.
I talked previously about how to add more water, and it’s really easy to gradually add water and/or replace other drinks with water. For instance, if you take a medication or vitamin in the morning, drink a full glass of water (approximately 8 oz.) with it. This is a general recommendation for taking medication, particularly the first morning meds.
Secondly, if you regularly drink something like sodas or tea throughout the day, substitute one of these with another glass of water. If you reach for a soda in the afternoon as a pick-me-up, drink a glass of water first. With this addition, you should be able to gradually phase out the soda.
There are a few other healthy drink choices to spice or fizz up your day, such as broth, kombucha, green and herbal teas, and lemon water. I don’t recommend sweetening any of these drinks, except with a little honey.
Honey is an acceptable sweetener which does more than make the drink more palatable. I live in an area where air-born allergies are overpowering, and honey helps building up an immunity. Some medical professionals dispute this, but in my experience it has helped.
All that to say, Drink Water! It is the best beverage choice around!
It’s our first important step in our 12 Step Healthier You Journey. It’s not a magic pill, but it is the cornerstone to the next 11 steps. As we walk through the next steps, you’ll see how each step builds on the previous one and supports the one to come. At the end, you will have developed a healthy lifestyle that truly supports your life goals. Want to travel? Play with your children/grandchildren? Go back to work? Whatever goals or dreams you have can only be enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. There is no better time to start than today! So, get on board with the 12 Step Healthier You Journey.
Review the posts in this step whenever you need a little motivation:
- Step 1 to a Healthier You: Cheers!
- Step 1 to a Healthier You: How to Add Water to Your Day
- Man Cannot Live on Water Alone
- Start Your Day With A Taste of Sunshine
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