You need to drink it!  Shocking I know! But all seriousness water is life, just like we see a plant wilt when not watered the same thing happens to your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Proper water intake is not only key in keeping you healthy but also in injury prevention and recovery.

Benefits of water include:

  •     Increased immune system
  •     Keeps kidneys healthy
  •     Increased energy
  •     Improves your skin appearance
  •     Prevents headaches
  •     Improves blood circulation
  •     Provides muscle relief
  •     Improves digestion
  •     Curbs appetite
  •     Removes toxins

     

So how much water is enough? Well, that depends on your activity level but here is a good guide:

Weight (in lbs) x.67 = # of ounces of water/day

150lbs x .67 =100 ounces of water per day

Yikes! I know if you just did that calculation you are thinking....I am going to float away!

Start with small goals,  maybe 1 glass before each meal? or 2 glasses when you get up in the morning and 2 more mid day?  I began using a water bottle trick that I read on Pinterest.  I took 2 water bottles and clearly labeled in 8 ounce intervals the following times on bottle #1- 9am, 11am, 1pm then on bottle #2 - 3pm, 5pm, 7pm.   For me these times were manageable times that made me successful.  Its only 48 ounces but it was a start.  I then added a glass at every meal getting me up to 72 ounces.  Little changes add up!

Remember as we go into winter, we don’t ‘feel’ thirsty as we do in the hot summer months so be sure to Drink up to stay healthy....Cheers!

Dr. Misty McNeill
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